Health Minister slams Liberals for ten years of ‘cuts and neglect’ to Medicare

Health Minister Mark Butler has slammed the Opposition’s time in government for their ten years of “cuts and neglect” to Medicare.

Mr Butler says hospital staff right across the country see “coming through their front door” the consequences of the Liberal’s time in office.

“Cuts and neglect that were initiated by the leader of the opposition when he was the health minister.

“Everyone remembers him trying to abolish bulk billing altogether, trying to jack up medicines, they might not remember he also tried to cut $50 billion from hospitals.

“Not only did he cut $50 billion – he tore up agreements on preventive health, he tore up agreements on concessions for pensioners.”