Frontline health services are again under attack from the Gillard Government, with new figures showing the carbon tax will hit Victorian hospitals with a bill of $6.7 million in just six months.
Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton said the latest figures prove Labor’s carbon tax is hurting already stretched public hospital budgets.
“Hospitals can't turn off lights in the intensive care unit or in the maternity ward. They can't stop using x-ray equipment or stop using sterilising equipment,” Mr Dutton said.
“When hospitals are hit with the carbon tax they have to save elsewhere: by not employing doctors or nurses, or by cutting back on elective surgery.
“There is not one dollar of compensation for hospitals in the economy wide carbon tax, and it comes on top of the Gillard Government cutting public hospital budgets part way through this financial year, which also had a direct negative impact on patients,” Mr Dutton said.
Modelling estimates that the carbon tax will cost the health system $170 million over the next decade in Victoria alone.
“With around a dozen new bureaucracies in health, cuts to public hospital funding part way through a financial year and the growing burden of the carbon tax, Labor has failed Australia's patients and clinicians,” Mr Dutton said.
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