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Labor to hold health reform summit

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016 Belinda Merhab

Labor will convene a national summit on health policy to fill what it says is a reform void by the Turnbull government.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says the forum, to be held in early 2017, will bring together patients, providers and stakeholders to contribute to the health debate.

It'll be announced by opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King at the national primary health care conference in Melbourne on Friday.

Mr Shorten accused the government of having a lack of vision for Australia's health system.

"Instead of building our health system up and preparing for the future, the tenure of the Abbott/Turnbull governments has been characterised by cuts and chaos," he said.

"Not only does our health system deserve more - it needs more.

"The government simply isn't filling this space, so Labor will."

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