I am very disappointed to hear that the $325m four-year funding boost for the Tasmanian health system will not be extended after it expires next year.
In response to my question in Parliament today, the Prime Minister refused to commit to any additional funding for Tasmania’s ailing health system.
The Prime Minister also made no mention of extending the funding for the crucial initiatives allowed by the funding boost, for instance palliative care delivered by district nurses and additional mental health services.
I secured the $325m funding package in mid-2012 because the then Prime Minister and Health Minister recognised the significant challenges Tasmania faces when it comes to the delivery of health services. Although much reform has been pursued or at least talked about in recent times, the fact remains that the public health system is chronically underfunded and simply cannot afford to see this substantial additional funding stream terminated.