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Labor’s elective surgery record

Elise Archer, Acting Minister for Health

Labor has an appalling record when it comes to delivering elective surgery.

The fact is there is more funding for hospitals than ever before, with more than 600 extra frontline staff in the health system and improvements in outpatient and elective surgery waiting times.

Last time Labor was in Government, with the Greens, they sacked a nurse a day for nine months and some people waited more than 10 years for their surgery.

Now Labor is slashing funds when they’re not even in Government. During the 2016 election campaign, Federal Labor promised $40 million for elective surgery in Tasmania, and now they are promising $30 million.

And everyone remembers Tasmanian Labor cutting $58 million from elective surgery in 2011. The Liberals tried to overturn this in Parliament and Rebecca White voted against us.

Our latest budget includes a further $20 million for elective surgery, bringing our investment to more than $100 million since 2014.

This is in addition to our $757 million boost to Tasmania’s health system, which will see more than 1,300 additional staff in our health system and almost 300 new hospital beds over the next six years.

Bill Shorten and Justine Keay are again shining a light on Labor’s poor record when it comes to elective surgery in Tasmania.

The Turnbull and Hodgman Governments are the only ones who have proven to deliver on health and elective surgery.