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Monday, August 29, 2005

MP urges Commonwealth control of Tas health system.

MP urges Commonwealth control of Tas health system. 29/08/2005. ABC News Online

There are calls for the Federal Government to take charge of Tasmania's health system after a similar call in Queensland.

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie says public health should be run solely by the Federal or State Government to prevent billions of dollars being wasted.

The Federal Member for Braddon, Mark Baker, says the Tasmanian Government has shown itself to be incapable of running the state's health system and it should be managed by the Commonwealth.

"In Tasmania currently $922 million from the Federal Government over the next five years, which is a record amount of funding, yet our deliverance of the health system just seems to be continually going backwards and backwards and backwards, and it's time that we looked at different alternatives," Mr Baker said.

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