Waiting lists leave leftish health minister waitingBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7008.772a (Published 23 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:772
- SIMON CHAPMAN, associate professor of public health
In Australia “true believers” is a term that causes the political right to sneer and those on the left to prickle, wearing what is intended as a slur with pride. The label refers to those who doggedly cling to the socialist and communitarian ideals of the Labor party, such as the pursuit of equity. To those on the right true believers are conservatives holding back progress--which in health care translates roughly into anything that encourages more private health care insurance.
The election of Labor to power in New South Wales in March this year brought a stalwart true believer, Dr Andrew Refshauge, into the ministries for health and Aboriginal affairs. The state's first medically qualified health minister since the …