Greens candidate for Newcastle, Charmian Eckersley said today that rural, regional and remote Australia would be best served by The Greens’ health policies.
This follows today’s release of the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) scorecard showing The Greens in top position ahead of all other political parties.
“The Greens have scored top marks because of our excellent health policies which include support for a national health plan, better health infrastructure for small towns, improved mental health services and investment in oral and dental health.” said Ms Eckersley.
“The big parties have consistently ignored the needs of the Newcastle electorate. Rural communities such as ours are crying out for doctors, nurses, hospital beds and dentists but Labor and the Coalition prefer to ignore this urgent need and throw billions of dollars at tax cut promises instead.”
“The Greens are listening to the Newcastle electorate. We know that many people would rather see that money spent on healthcare, education and tackling climate change - all key priorities for The Greens,” said Ms Eckersley.
Nationally, The Greens will redirect the $3.5 billion private health insurance rebate into public health and hospitals; protect and extend Medicare; maintain the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and provide better access to dental care. We will also establish 24 hour community mental health services; develop a National Health Care Strategy and ban junk food advertising on children’s television.
“Quality health care is a basic human right. The Greens believe a strong and well resourced public health system is the best way to deliver this. We also say that the interest of the patients must be placed ahead of disputes over federal, state and local government responsibilities.”
“As the NRHA scorecard attests, a vote for The Greens is good for the heath of rural communities. The drought, climate change and an ageing population have serious ramifications on the mental and physical health of our local residents. We need to be strengthening our health services to rural communities, not watching them crumble” said Ms Eckersley.
For further details please contact Charmian Eckersley on 4960 3088 or 0407 730410
Photo opportunity: Charmian Eckersley outside the Mater Hospital
The NRHA election scorecard can be found at http://nrha.ruralhealth.org.au/election/?IntContId=244&IntCatId=24