Media reports over the weekend about the pressure on staff in maternity at the Canberra Hospital are very disappointing and unfortunately typical of ACT Labor’s neglect of the health system over 15 years, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Hanson said today.

“When demand for certain services increases, such is the case in the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children; it’s the responsibility of government to increase resources. These issues have been ongoing for years and ACT Labor has stood inactive,” Mr Hanson said.

“It’s unacceptable that mothers and babies are being put at risk because of resourcing issues and the toxic culture at the Canberra Hospital. Enough is enough; ACT Labor over a decade and a half has failed.

“Core services, including health, which Canberrans could once be proud of, are crumbling under the Barr government’s terrible management.

“Under a Canberra Liberals government, I’m committed to fixing our health system; making it bigger, better and smarter. We will be able to do that because we won’t waste billions of dollars on a tram,” Mr Hanson concluded.