Outrage over lack of detail on health cuts

IN A pre-budget briefing, health department staff provided little detail on $1.7 billion in planned cuts other than what was handed out in a two-page press release, outraged health stakeholders say.

AMA head Associate Professor Brian Owler told MO last night there had been little point in attending the pre-budget lock-up in Canberra, which has traditionally provided details on proposed health-related changes.

"There were no forward estimates, no detail, and many

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