Carbon tax to slug hospital?
GYMPIE Hospital could be slugged more than $215,000 by Julia Gillard's carbon tax.
The Coalition's spokesman on Regional Health, Andrew Laming yesterday said that Gympie Hospital's 87 beds could potentially cost an additional $215,000 per year to run based on recently revealed Queensland Treasury figures outlining cost increases attributable to the carbon tax.
Dr Laming said that Queensland Treasury data revealed that the carbon tax would add an extra $2425 per hospital bed, totalling $30m in the first year alone.
Meanwhile NSW has conservatively estimated the average cost impact of the carbon tax would be just under $2000 per available hospital bed, and Victoria has calculated average power costs to go up by at least 15%.
"The carbon tax seriously risks frontline health services such as emergency department beds, elective surgery and specialist outpatient services. The cost of everything this hospital does will just go up and up." Dr Laming said.
Dr Laming called on the Prime Minister to either scrap the tax or guarantee that there would be no reduction in health services because of the carbon tax.
"Not only will the carbon tax threaten jobs and increase the cost of living for Gympie families, but it appears that local health services will also be compromised at a time when they already face immense pressures," Dr Laming said yesterday.