25 February - Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, has failed to provide any certainty for palliative care patients with the imminent cessation of funding for a range of services due in June 2013.
Palliative care patients are set to miss out as services across the country close with the withdrawal of the Federal funding.
Shadow Health Minister, Peter Dutton, said it is further proof that Labor’s priorities in health are all wrong.
"This is what happens when Labor spends money on bureaucrats and not beds. Labor has built a dozen new bureaucracies in health and wasted billions elsewhere and now it won’t continue funding for vital services,” Mr Dutton said.
"Palliative care patients deserve respect and dignity. As a nation, we should be affording support to these patients and their families.”