Healthway decision unhealthy

Healthway decision unhealthy


Tuesday 19 May 2015

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Today’s announcement regarding the State Government’s plans for Healthway is confirmation of everything that we feared and everything that we warned about, AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said.

 

“This is confirmation of the destruction of a world-renowned public health organisation. It is confirmation that its independence has been removed and that the government has instead created a body aimed at marginal seats and trying to ensure its re-election.

 

“This decision will almost certainly result in higher smoking and obesity rates – a sorry legacy for Minister Hames to leave.

 

“We will, unfortunately see a return to the bad old days of alcohol and fast food advertising and promotion at sporting grounds, including where children are present.

 

“This decision is another step taken by a government that is increasingly looking as though it is happy to be seen as anti-health.

 

“In his last year as Health Minister, Dr Hames has in a single blow, destroyed an internationally respected body. In its place, he has created an organisation with no other role than to help the re-election of governments.

 

“Unfortunately this government appears to be targeting health – the most important role a state government has.

 

“This is not Healthway – this is Barnett’s way.”

 

For further comment or to contact Dr Gannon, please call Robert Reid: 0422 553 877

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