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Tonight’s Budget must restore cuts to Tasmania’s health system

  • Health is the number one priority of Labor and most Tasmanians
  • Turnbull must restore $1.1 billion cut to Tasmania’s hospitals
  • Gutwein and Hodgman must outline funding they actually lobbied Canberra for

Tonight’s Federal Budget must tackle Tasmania’s health crisis.

Shadow Minister for Health Sarah Lovell said tonight’s Budget must put back money ripped away from Tasmania’s health system.

“There must be measures announced this evening that help people who can’t access essential services such as health and housing,” Ms Lovell said.

“The Abbott and Turnbull Liberal Governments ripped $1.1 billion from Tasmanian hospitals over 10 years.

“Then Premier Hodgman ripped another $210 million out of hospitals in his first budget.

“Health is the number one priority of Labor and most Tasmanians.

“Labor calls on the Federal Government to restore this cut as the first step towards solving the crisis in Tasmania’s health system.

“While Labor welcomes long awaited spending on infrastructure – which we hope be delivered in this term of Government – this is not an either-or proposition.

“Tasmania deserves its fair share and the Premier and Treasurer need to make it clear whether they lobbied for increased funding to tackle the health crisis, our housing crisis and our schools or whether they did nothing to fight for essential services.”