you would not be allowed to be poor.
You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught and employed
whether you liked it or not.
If it were discovered that you had not character and industry enough to
be worth all his trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly
manner; but while you were permitted to live,
you would have to live well."
The Daily Telegraph
November 15, 2008 12:00am
RUBY Russell is the latest victim of a cash-strapped State Government that has plummeted to a new low by forcing private hospital patients to pay for blood.
The Government's latest grab for cash runs the risk of jeopardising the entire donor system, already struggling with a lack of blood donors.
And last night it emerged Premier Nathan Rees sacked senior bureaucrat John Pearse - the longest serving state treasurer secretary. And for the first time in Australia, the Rees Government will collect money from private hospitals instead of supplying the blood products free. The move which will net the Government $8 million annually.
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Lifelong donors have threatened to stop donating if the Government makes money from their blood.
Insurance giant Medibank has also warned that patients will ultimately have to buy their own blood, as the cost will be passed on from hospitals.
Sydney mother Jane Russell is outraged the Government could stoop so low by taxing blood.
For the past few months she has been encouraging Avalon residents to donate blood to help her seriously ill daughter Ruby, who needs regular transfusions of immunoglobulin. "It is unfathomable, really," she said.
Under the current arrangement, the State Government picks up the bill for all blood supplied to private and public hospitals. Each year, it places its blood order with the National Blood Authority - which is funded by all states and the Commonwealth - who contract the Australian Red Cross Blood Service to collect and distribute the product.
Yesterday NSW Health confirmed it would no longer cover the cost for private hospitals.
The Government's woes continued last night with the shock sacking of Mr Pearse just days after he handed down the mini-budget on behalf of the government. It is believed Mr Pearse was disillusioned with the new administration.
Sources inside Treasury revealed that a number of senior Treasury staff including Mr Pearse believed that their own credibility was being harmed by the Government's handling of the economy.
In what insiders claim was a "appalling dismissal, Mr Pearse found out about his sacking after being phoned by associates.
Mr Pearse then contacted Treasurer Eric Roozendaal to confirm his dismissal and was told it was true. Mr Roozendaal then turned around and asked Mr Pearce if he would still stay on for the interim and go to New York on behalf of the Government to argue the case with ratings agencies. Mr Pearce said no. He will be replaced by former head of Sydney Water Terry Schott.
The majority of the people of NSW DESERVE this,the majority of them voted for it,at the state election then less than twelve months later at the federal election.