Thursday October 22, 2020

New plans for hospitals

Following Susan Mitchell’s article (11/6/06) about plans for 11 co-located private hospitals, it is clear, but not surprising, that the government has learned nothing from the ongoing decentralisation debacle.

17th June, 2006

While decentralisation could be disruptive to thousands of public servants and their families, and to the operation of relocated departments, the roll-out of these private hospitals is potentially far more serious.

At a time when inequitable property tax breaks are being closed off, a new break for hospitals is being ramped up. This will result in the state losing taxes equivalent to 48 per cent of the cost of developments.

In addition, it will have to...

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