Patient care sacrificed for ‘artificial surplus’, claims Opposition

Shadow parliamentary secretary for primary healthcare Dr Andrew Southcott accused Treasurer Wayne Swan of “ripping” $83.5 million from general practice’s role in cervical cancer screening, diabetes care and immunisation by effectively reducing the number of practices that receive incentive payments.

“The cuts to primary care are just another example that Wayne Swan and the Labor government are more worried about providing their artificial budget surplus than providing patient care,” Dr Southcott