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16 August 2009

Nurses are being made redundant while Kevin Rudd stumbles blindly onwards with his ‘listening’ tour to find out what’s wrong in Australia’s public hospitals.

That’s the incredible latest development in New South Wales Health.

New South Wales Labor’s idea of ‘fixing’ hospitals is to make health professionals – mostly nurses - redundant and replace them with unqualified assistants to help out with administrative work.

“They don’t seem to realise it’s all about the patients,” Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton said today.

“Given that Mr Rudd and his Health Minister Nicola Roxon are partners with the New South Wales Government through their co-operative federalism, one has to assume that Mr Rudd has approved and agrees with nurses being made redundant in the nation’s worst health system,” Mr Dutton said.

“It also highlights Rudd Labor’s failure to manage finances in health.”

“On one hand Mr Rudd is offering payments to nurses to return to the coal face, on the other he is letting NSW Health push them out the door – make sense of that if you can.”

Mr Dutton said the Rudd Government clearly was allowing the billions of dollars it was pouring into health to be wasted by the States.
Today’s report in Sydney’s Sun-Herald shows that NSW Health continues to get rid of frontline health workers while spending millions on behind-the-scenes bureaucrats.

“It’s just unbelievable,” Mr Dutton said.

“Meantime the man who said he had a ‘plan’ to ‘fix’ hospitals continues on his nationwide CONsultation tour.”

Mr Dutton said the Prime Minister didn’t care about what was happening in hospitals or that patient’s lives were being compromised; his listening tour was all about politics, PR-spin, photo-opportunities and providing a political advantage for Labor.

“By next year he’ll still be promising to ‘fix’ health if only he is given a second term in Government.”

Australians should reject that duplicity, Mr Dutton said.

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