News Election 2016 Labor announces $2 billion hospital pledge

Labor announces $2 billion hospital pledge

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Mr Shorten is concerned a vote could inspire hate campaigns. AAP
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The Federal Opposition is promising to increase hospital funding by $2 billion more than the Coalition if it is elected in July.

The Abbott government cut $80 billion from state health and education funding in the 2015 Budget.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently agreed to give the states and territories an extra $2.9 billion for health until 2020.

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PM agreed to give the states and territories an extra $2.9 billion for health until 2020. AAP

Today Labor is promising to restore all of the health funding money slated for the next four years and renegotiate a long-term agreement.

The ALP will also provide an additional $100 million over two years for primary care.

Opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King said the new money would go towards employment and health services in hospitals.

“It’s additional money to assist hospitals in employing doctors, nurses, opening new beds and making sure that they are able to meet the demands that they are currently facing,” Ms King said.

“To get new models of primary care launched throughout the country and a number of pilot sites to ensure we can acutally try and start to see better integrated care across our system.”

Labor says the plan is designed to see fewer people end up in hospital.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten begins the day in Townsville and is expected to make the health funding announcement in North Queensland.

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