PM: health reforms won't hurt jobs

PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has rejected claims that up to 20,000 people will lose their jobs under the Federal Government’s planned health reforms.

Responding to a reporter’s question about rumours of the cuts, the prime minister waved off the claim as ridiculous fearmongering.

“There will be a fear campaign every other Thursday about why we should not get on with the business of fundamental reforms to the health system,” he told reporters at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital on Friday.

“Last week it was about closure of country hospitals. That’s absolute nonsense.

“As far as this fear campaign, I would simply describe it in the same sort of terms.

“We have spent too many decades delaying reform of the health and hospital system ... too many decades pushing it to one side hoping that a Band-Aid would do when, in fact, much more radical surgery is needed.”

Under sweeping changes, Canberra will take over 60 per cent of funding for state-run public hospitals, redirecting some of the GST revenue that currently goes entirely to the states.



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