Minister Davis wide of the mark

The claims by State Minister for Health, David Davis, regarding the effect carbon pricing is having on services at the State’s hospitals are greatly exaggerated, Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said today.

"This is another desperate attempt by the Liberals in their tired old scare campaign about the carbon price. People know their claims and predictions about the carbon price have been nothing but nonsense.

"Further, it is an attempt to distract the local community from the real issue that the new Bendigo Hospital will not be completed by 2016 as promised."

"Increases in electricity prices are a very small proportion of hospital costs and Federal Government funding for public hospitals is automatically indexed for these cost increases. The Department of Health and Ageing estimates the impact of the carbon price will only be 0.3% of hospital costs - the equivalent of three cents in every $10 hospitals spend.

"Federal Labor is increasing funding to hospitals by $20 billion this decade, which covers additional costs such as carbon pricing many times over. Indexation in the hospital agreement will see federal hospital funding increase by 6.5% this financial year, going up each year to more than 10% indexation in 2015-16."

"Federal Labor is delivering a stronger, fairer health system, by contrast Tony Abbott as Health Minister cut funding for public hospitals by $1 billion."