Despite well-publicised fears that she may be made the scapegoat for Labor’s “Medi-scare” campaign, Federal Health Minister, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, has retained her health portfolio following the re-election of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister.
Announcing his new Cabinet earlier this week (July 18, 2016), Prime Minister Turnbull said, “I have confidence in all of my Ministers, including Ms Ley.”
Further to reappointing Ms Ley, Mr Turnbull also spoke about working to foster better relations with the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
Following her reappointment, Ms Ley took to Facebook, citing her plans to protect the long-term sustainability of Australia’s health care system.
“It is an honour to be reappointed as Minister for Health and Aged Care, and as Minister for Sport. I look forward to continuing to work to ensure there is a balance between the needs of patients, with the need to protect the long-term sustainability of universal health care in this country.”
Ms Ley also released a media statement in which she thanked the Prime Minister for allowing her to continue in her role, and advised the Turnbull Government will listen closely to what the Australian public and health professionals want from the healthcare system.
“The Turnbull Government has developed a bold and ambitious health reform agenda needed to deliver a first-class, universal health system, and I thank the Prime Minister for the opportunity to continue this important work.
“This includes protecting the future of Medicare, and ensuring it remains universally accessible to all Australians, as well as tackling the growing burden of chronic disease through our Health Care Homes,” Ms Ley said.
“This work will continue to be complemented by integrated reforms to mental health, medicines, hospital funding, rural health, aged care, dental, private health insurance, vaccinations, sports participation and preventative health.
“This is because I am passionate about ensuring Australians don’t just live longer lives, but healthier ones too,” said Ms Ley.
Read Ms Ley’s full media statement here