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Transforming Health

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY (14:44): Minister, are you aware of the fact that when the current chief executive of the Department of Health attended the first parliamentary committee in this place, she indicated quite clearly that Transforming Health was all about cutting costs?

The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS (Minister for Health, Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse) (14:44): What I acknowledge is that, as a member of this government, as the Minister for Health, the policy around Transforming Health—the policy that this government has of modernising our health system to make sure it continues to be world class—is all about improving health services.

If the Hon. Mr Darley's premise to his question is correct, then clearly people aren't aware of the fact that this government has been making year in, year out record investments in capital expenditure on improving our public health system. That's reflected in investments like the NRAH, but, more importantly, is reflected in the investments that we continue to make in the system, including an additional $1.1 billion that has now been budgeted for in investments in other public hospital facilities around the state over the coming months and years.