Labor's funding outweighs Liberal's funding

OUTWEIGHED: Premier Jay Weatherill believes the South Australian Labor government's Patient Assistance Transport Scheme has significantly outweighed a similar announcement by the Liberal state government.
OUTWEIGHED: Premier Jay Weatherill believes the South Australian Labor government's Patient Assistance Transport Scheme has significantly outweighed a similar announcement by the Liberal state government.

Premier Jay Weatherill believes the South Australian Labor government's Patient Assistance Transport Scheme has significantly outweighed a similar announcement by the Liberal state government.

State Liberal leader Steven Marshall announced on Wednesday that the Liberal party would commit to increasing annual funding to the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS) by at least $1 million per year from 2014/15.

Mr Weatherill said Labor's contribution would go a lot further for regional uses of the scheme.

"It's much larger, they were proposing an extra $1 million without telling us where it was going to go, we're proposing an extra $2 million per annum, so it's a substantially increased proposition," Mr Weatherill said.

The state Labor government has committed $2.5 million per year to the program and Mr Weatherill believes the program would now provide better service to regional patients.

"We've decided to substantially increase the funding to the PATS scheme, so we'll increase the funding by 33 per cent," he said.

"The scheme is one that provides vital services for the rural and regional communities for our state, which is a very important service to the Whyalla region and surrounding districts.

"We're pleased that these changes will come into effect from January 1, 2015."

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