Hospitals under threat: Truss

FEDERAL Member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss has called on the State Government to release its list of hospitals that would be forced to close under Kevin Rudd’s hospitals scheme which he says will add another layer of bureaucracy to the struggling health system.

The New South Wales Government has released a list of 117 small and regional hospitals that would be forced to close under the PM’s hospital funding plan.

“Queensland Health Minister Paul Lucas must now tell us which hospitals in Queensland would be slated for closure under the Rudd Labor Government’s proposal,” Mr Truss said.

“If New South Wales believes that 117 of its hospitals could close there, how many hospitals would close in Queensland? What is the future of hospitals at Maryborough, Gympie, Murgon and Cherbourg under Labor’s new plan?”

Mr Truss said Mr Rudd must give a guarantee to all Australians that no hospitals will close under his health plan.Mr Truss also raised concerns about how Labor’s health plan is to be funded.

“Kevin Rudd’s hospital scheme takes GST State revenue and rebadges it as Federal money. It does not increase the amount of money available for health, but it imposes the extra burden of more bureaucracy to administer those funds.”

“The Rudd Labor Government could not give away free home without a litany of disasters. With that record, how on earth can Rudd Labor be trusted to administer our hospitals?”

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