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result of a dramatic increase in alcohol related admissions at emergency departments since the BDR was scrapped. When doctors spoke out and said alcohol admissions at Alice Springs Hospital Emergency Department had doubled what was the CLP response? Hide the data. Why did the Doctors speak out? Because the CLP would not listen! They would not listen to Doctors who were telling them that their policies were clogging up our hospitals with drunks. The cuts to our hospitals is just the start of the CLPs funding cuts in health. The budget rips $8 million out of disease control funding. This is the funding that is used to try and reduce the alarmingly high rates of Sexually Transmitted Diseases we have in the Territory. The latest report from the Centre for Disease control shows that there were 841 Sexually Transmitted Disease notifications in just 6 months in kids aged between 15 and 19. 90% of them are indigenous, two thirds of them are girls. You cannot take out $8 million and pretend that the number of STDs wont increase. The budget confirms that the funding cut will result in the number of treatments at Clinic 34 in Darwin and Alice Springs being cut from 14 000 to 12 000. It is a disgrace that any member of the CLP supports reducing the prevention of STDs. It is incomprehensible that the CLPs female indigenous members have decided to support this funding cut.