DENTAL WAIT LISTS

Constituency questions

Mr D O’BRIEN (Gippsland South) (14:46): (6348) My question is to the Minister for Health. What is the minister doing to address growing general dental care waiting lists in Gippsland given last week’s state budget cut the dental health program by $24 million? The latest data shows every Gippsland public dental care program saw an increase on its general dental care list in the last six months of last year. The budget papers reveal the government is targeting 44 000 fewer Victorians for dental treatment next year. With poor dental health regularly leading to poor general health, why is the government cutting dental services to Gippsland patients?

The SPEAKER: I take the opportunity to welcome to the gallery and to this Parliament the Venerable San Sochea. We welcome him today.

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