New Health and Hospitals Fund welcomed

Medicines Australia chief executive Ian Chalmers tonight welcomed the Government’s Budget announcement of a new $10 billion Health and Hospitals Fund.

The fund will be established to support health infrastructure priorities in key areas. It will ensure long-term funding for hospitals, medical technology and research facilities and projects.

Mr Chalmers said it was particularly encouraging that the Government was investing in major medical research facilities and equipment, including projects to support better links between hospital-based clinical research and high quality clinical practice.

Mr Chalmers also welcomed the range of Budget measures to tackle cancer. More than 88,000 Australians are diagnosed with cancer every year.

“It is pleasing that the Government has identified the fight against cancer as a national challenge,” Mr Chalmers said.

“Medicines Australia welcomes the Government’s commitment to supporting researchers, clinicians, practitioners and other health professionals involved in cancer research and treatment.

“The Government’s additional $15 million funding for cancer clinical trials is welcome, as is the $167m for replenishing Australia’s stockpile of pandemic vaccines.”


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