Pork barrelling with health funding ‘damning’ and ‘disappointing’

Thursday, 8 June 2023
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The Australian National Audit Office assessment of the administration of the Community Health and Hospitals Program, by the Department of Health and Aged Care, has been described as ‘damning’ and an ‘extremely disappointing reflection on the Department’ by National Rural Health Alliance Chief Executive Susi Tegen.

Ms Tegen, speaking to Croakey Health Media, said the report has broader implications for the future allocation of resources and health equity in the community.

She said that taxpayers have a right to be disappointed and concerned about the politicisation of the grant process, particularly those in rural areas where hospitals are ‘innovation rich, but funding poor’ and where the primary healthcare workforce requires ‘more support and long-term innovative solutions’.

Here’s Croakey’s full report.

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