Health Minister Cameron Dick today called on Tony Abbott to reverse his decision to cut $11.8 billion worth of funding to Queensland hospitals from 2017-18 to 2024‑25.
Despite promising no cuts to health, the Abbott Government’s first Budget cut $57 billion from Australia’s public hospitals over the 10 years to 2024-25.
In the lead up to the COAG Health Council meeting on Friday, Mr Dick said new figures from the Queensland Department of Health show that Queensland’s share of these cuts on a population basis is $11.8 billion.
“Before the election, Tony Abbott promised voters that there would be ‘no cuts to health’,” Mr Dick says.
“Tony Abbott’s broken promise on health funding is taking $11.8 billion from Queensland’s public hospitals.
“Tony Abbott has a chance to right this wrong when this year’s Federal Budget is handed down on May 12.
“He told the nation he’s listening and now is the time to show Queenslanders he is willing to reverse the cuts.
“That’s the message I’ll be delivering on behalf of Queensland at the COAG Health Council meeting on Friday.
“I’ll be campaigning on this issue right across Queensland until Tony Abbott reverses his decision to cut $11.8 billion from our hospitals.”
Tony Abbott is dismantling the responsible system of funding for public hospitals that was put in place by Federal Labor in 2011 to end the blame game on hospital funding.
“These aren’t just numbers on a spreadsheet or a budget paper. We are talking about people and these are vital funds to deliver everyday health services that support Queenslanders,” Mr Dick says.