The Australian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) has criticised the Liberal-National Government’s pre-election announcement on health, describing it as merely a ‘recap’ of past announcements without any genuine solutions for the future of Australia’s healthcare system.
ACEM condemned the incumbent government for its lack of investment in the health system, particularly around the Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan that was released by the government earlier in the year.
“The Liberal’s health plan is hollow and lacks any genuine content. Australians need our political leaders to show leadership, vision and the capacity to translate the vision into action,” said ACEM President Dr Clare Skinner.
“The solutions to the problems plaguing health across Australia are not easy, and they are not quick. But genuine leadership isn’t supposed to be easy.
“We need leaders who will stand up for health and can bring all parts of the healthcare system together to reimagine a better, more equitable way of doing things”.
ACEM indicated that further investment in primary and acute health was required to stem the current issues in the sector, including acute access block, ambulance ramping and the ongoing ED overcrowding crisis.