Greens candidate Dawn Walker
Greens candidate Dawn Walker

Greens promise big boost for Tweed Hospital

GREENS’ leader Senator Richard Di Natale has announced a major funding boost for hospital services.

If elected, Mr Di Natale said the Greens would commit over $4 billion to funding public hospitals to 2020.

The Greens said they would also end the freeze on Medicare by investing $2.4 billion into the Medical Benefits Scheme to protect our bulk-billing services.

Greens candidate for Richmond Dawn Walker said it was great news for the Tweed Hospital.

“The Tweed community’s calls for hospital funding to address the looming health services crisis have been ignored for years,” she said.

“Successive governments have shown they cannot be trusted. Hospital funding is too important to be left to the politics of the day.”

Mr Di Natale said health care should be universal.

“The Commonwealth must increase its funding to match 50% of the efficient growth in hospital costs from the next budget cycle,” he said.

“It’s the role of government to protect vital services, like healthcare, and to match the funding for the growth in hospital costs so that they are funded properly.”

But Labor MP Justine Elliot dismissed Mr Di Natale’s announcement as fanciful.

“It really doesn’t matter what the Greens promise, because they’re not the alternative government,” Mrs Elliot said.

“This election is a contest between the Liberal-Nationals Coalition which will give a $50 billion tax cut to big business, and Labor which will invest in health and education for the future.

“If you care about better hospitals then vote Labor.”

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