Labor’s response to the health crisis will be immediate
- Health debate must compare apples with apples
- Labor will respond urgently to the pressure on our hospitals
- Tasmanians will see through the Liberals’ spin after four years of neglect
“Unlike the Liberals who are tricking Tasmanians into believing they are responding to the health crisis, Labor’s policy is firmly focussed on the immediate future,” Labor Leader Rebecca White said.
“The Liberals are desperate after having been forced to admit that just 54 of the 298 new beds promised will actually be delivered in the next term of government.
“It’s a cruel trick to play on Tasmanians who want to see urgent investment in the health system.
“The bulk of Labor’s spending on health will flow immediately.
“$247.9 million of Labor’s additional spending will be spent during our first three years in government.
“That includes more than $177 million in recurrent spending.
“Some initiatives are staggered over 6 years as clearly outlined in our policy document, particularly capital expenditure which can only happen after consultation with the medical workforce and planning approval.
“But it’s not just about raw funding amounts, it’s about targeting spending to where it’s needed most.”
Labor’s additional health spending over 3 years – 2018/19 – 2019/20 – 2020/21
Recurrent: $177.16 million
Capital: $70.75 million
Total capital and recurrent over three years: $247.91 million
Liberals’ additional health spending over 3 years – 2018/19 – 2019/20 – 2020/21
Recurrent: $129 million
Capital: $96 million
Total capital and recurrent over three years: $225 million