I don’t want to say too much because I have a piece in the Weekend Australian on the topic of ‘health and hospital reform’.
But you do have to laugh? What did the Health Minister think was going to happen when her government chopped Victoria’s hospital funding by $107 million mid-financial year? Clearly she had been asked to serve up some ‘saves’ for the Treasury’s useless pursuit of a budget surplus.
And now she has had to back down, but don’t worry everyone, it was all Ted’s fault. If it was Ted’s fault, why did she feel the need to restore the funding.
But because the feds are only giving the money to Victoria – direct to the hospital networks (how will that work? public hospitals are owned by state governments? do the hospital networks even have their own bank accounts? what about the School Chaplains legal precedent?).
But a major secondary row is brewing:
- with the other states which had their funding cut
- over funding in the out years.
Well-done Tarns, Wayne and Jools. As one wag said to me, maybe the government will do better in its third term!