The Federation Reform consultation process is now underway. Readers may remember that the health issues paper was release in December last year and the process has been seen by groups such as AHHA as a possibility to improve healthcare.
At the time a senior health policy analyst and regular Croakey contributor, writing under the pen name “William Foggin” raised some concerns about the potential impact of reform. In this post “William” provides insight to recent consultations in Canberra.
“William Foggin” writes:
While watching the non-spill on Monday, and choking over my coffee with glee at the tongue in cheek SBS report on Julia Gillard’s admission to the Royal Prince Phillip Hospital, I was thinking about the future of the reform of the federation process.
The first of the series of consultations on the reform of the federation took place on Thursday and Friday 5th and 6th February at the Hotel Currajong in Canberra. Others will be taking place in every state capital, Darwin, Townsville and Wagga over the next few weeks.
The Canberra meetings were attended mainly by peak bodies of various kinds, and it is quite possible that discussions in state capitals (not to mention Townsville and Wagga) will have a different flavour.READ MORE