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25 February - The Gillard Government has wasted even more money today trying to spin its way out of a back-flip on Victorian hospital cuts, while still refusing to reverse its cuts to public hospitals in other States.

Labor has billed taxpayers for full page advertisements in the Herald Sun and The Age, trumpeting its funding back-flip in Victoria, while patients around the country see beds closed and elective surgery cancelled.


Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton said the ads were an outrageous waste of money and an insult to patients and hospital staff suffering because of Labor’s botched handling of hospital funding.


“This is expensive political spin that can’t hide the fact that the Gillard Government promised a certain funding level for hospitals, cut that funding mid-year while trying to cobble together a surplus and now has only restored the funding for one State,” Mr Dutton said.


New South Wales is still facing retrospective funding cuts this year of nearly $140 million, Queensland $103 million and South Australia over $30 million as part of the Gillard Government’s $1.6 billion reduction in MYEFO.


“The Government has only responded on the grounds of political pressure, letting other States suffer because of the terrible retrospective nature of its cuts,” Mr Dutton said.


“Patients on waiting lists around the rest of the country will be rightly asking why money spent by the Gillard Government on this political advertising couldn’t have paid for their surgery.


“The Gillard Government can’t be trusted on health, no matter how much it wastes on ad space, and patients and hospital staff are paying the price,” Mr Dutton said.




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