Australia Tas Labor criticises Liberal health pledge

21:50  11 february  2018
21:50  11 february  2018 Source:

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Tasmania 's opposition leader has hit out at the Liberal party's re-election health pitch, saying the funding is back-ended. Labor has pledged 0 million over six-years to fix the state's health "crisis".

Labor has pledged to fix Tasmania 's health "crisis", while Premier Will Hodgman spruiked a timber mill on the second day of Liberal Health Minister Michael Ferguson spruiked Tasmania 's health system though, saying elective surgery times were improving under the Liberal government.

Will Hodgman© AAP Image/Rob Blakers Will Hodgman Tasmania's opposition leader has hit out at the Liberal party's re-election health pitch, saying the funding is back-ended.

Premier Will Hodgman on Sunday announced a Liberal government would put an extra $757 million into the state's health system over the next six years, if returned to power at a March 3 poll.

He said 298 new hospital beds would be created across the state, including 250 more at the Royal Hobart Hospital once the rebuild is finished next year.

An extra 1332 new full-time equivalent staff would be employed in the hospitals and health system.

"It is the biggest ever boost to health care in the state's history," Mr Hodgman told several hundred Liberal faithful during the party's official campaign launch at an aircraft hangar north of Hobart.

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Labor leader Rebecca White made the pledge on Wednesday after earlier declaring health her number one priority ahead of the March 3 poll. But Liberal Premier Will Hodgman has emphatically ruled out making the service part of Tasmania 's public health system.

Labor also favours a funding model that directly provides money to individual hospitals rather than to other government entities. Providing greater health services to regional areas is a major Liberal Party health priority.

Rebecca White© AAP Image/Rob Blakers Rebecca White But Opposition Leader Rebecca White, who has declared health her party's top priority, labelled the plan a "con job".

Labor has pledged $560 million over six-years to fix the state's health "crisis".

"So much of what the Liberals are promising won't be delivered unless they win a third term in government," Ms White said.

"The bulk of the additional $560 million we have committed to the health and hospital system will be spent in the first two years of a Labor government.

"The Liberals are treating the public with contempt by back-ending their funding promises."

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