Health reforms benefits Blair

BLAIR residents are set to benefit from an historic health reform.

The Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann said residents were set to benefit after the Rudd Government delivered the biggest health reforms since Medicare.

Mr Neumann said these historic reforms mean the Commonwealth is now the majority funder of the entire health system which will deliver better health and better hospitals for all Australians, including the people of Blair.

This National Health and Hospitals Network will deliver:

• 1300 new hospital beds and 2500 new aged care beds;

• 20,000 extra young people get access to mental health services;

• 6000 new doctors;

• Emergency department waiting times capped at four hours;

• Elective surgery delivered on time for 95 per cent of patients;

• A Commonwealth takeover of primary care and aged care.

• Local Hospital Networks will run single or small groups of public hospitals.

“For the first time in the nation’s history, our hospitals will be funded nationally and run locally here in Blair,” Mr Neumann said.

“Local Hospital Networks will receive funds and be responsible for making decisions on the day to day operations of hospitals within their network.

“That means local services in areas like Ipswich, Somerset, Fassifern and Lockyer districts will be more responsive to local needs and be directly accountable for hospital performance,” Mr Neumann said.

“Kevin Rudd has taken decisive action to deliver better health services for all Australians now.

“This is in stark contrast to Tony Abbott, who as Health Minister for five years, ripped $1 billion out of Australia’s hospitals and capped GP Training numbers despite a massive shortage of GPs.

“The LNP care so little about the residents of Blair that it’s now four months into an election year and they still haven’t seen fit to select a candidate,” Mr Neumann said.

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