An Australian Medical Association (AMA) report card accuses the last government of handing over $ 134 million less to public hospitals in 2012/13 than it committed.
Deputy opposition leader Ms Plibersek says the accusation is “not quite right” and Liberal governments at federal and state level will do more damage.
“It’s very important to draw your attention to the fact that same report points to $ 400m cut in the mid-year economic forecast by Tony Abbott and his government,” Ms Plibersek told reporters in Hobart.
AMA president Steve Hambleton’s report also expressed concern about the Abbott government’s December budget review, which showed it planned to spend $ 400m less over the next three years.
“It’s always the desire of any health minister to do more and to do better but I think you’ve got to have a look at what Tony Abbott’s done in just five months,” Ms Plibersek said.
“And you’ve got to have a look at what the Liberal state governments have done with massive cuts in Queensland, in NSW, in Victoria, millions of dollars taken out of the health system.”
Speaking during the Tasmanian election campaign, Ms Plibersek said the former government had pumped $ 3.3 billion into the state’s health system, including the rebuilding of the Royal Hobart Hospital.