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Record crowd marks 20th Queensland Health Crisis Town Hall at Kingaroy

Record crowd marks 20th Queensland Health Crisis Town Hall at Kingaroy

9th August 2022

Nearly 200 locals shared their stories of a sick system at the LNP’s biggest Queensland Health Crisis Town Hall held in Kingaroy today.

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli, Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates and Nanango MP Deb Frecklington heard firsthand experiences with the region’s ailing health services which they’ll take straight to the floor of Parliament House to demand action and change.

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli said the huge turnout marked the biggest town hall hosted by the Opposition.

“We wanted to hold the 20th Health Crisis Town Hall in Kingaroy so we could listen and understand how the region is being let down by a sick system,” he said.

“The record number of locals who attended just proves this third term Labor government is losing control of Queensland Health.

“We’re committed to supporting these communities and backing their fight for better healthcare services.”

Mr Crisafulli said the first town hall was held at Mt Gravatt in June last year and was getting bigger at every visit across the state.

“Since then, we’ve travelled across the state and listened to the stories of Queenslanders from Cairns to Mt Isa, Bundaberg, Ipswich and the Gold Coast to name a few,” he said.

“We’ve had some wins along the way, including locals finally getting a crucial specialist appointment, or even surgery after years of delays.

“We’ll keep hosting these town halls across the state so we can hear firsthand these stories and demand action from the government.”

Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said the LNP was committed to improving the system and had put solutions on the table including more beds, better triage and giving power back to the frontline staff to make better decisions to improve patient care.

Ms Bates said doctors, nurses, paramedics, and allied healthcare workers were exhausted and deserved more respect.

“As a nurse and former hospital administrator, I know how stressful it can get for the staff who are doing everything they can to keep our hospitals running,’ Ms Bates said.

“The embattled Health Minister doesn’t have a plan to fix it.

“What has this State Government been doing for the last seven years to improve our hospitals?”

Nanango MP Deb Frecklington said the local health system had been struggling for years with staff shortages and the withdrawal of critical healthcare services.

“Today multiple nurses spoke out and revealed they had walked away from their careers because they felt undervalued,” she said.

“A father told us that his seven-year-old son’s surgery was cancelled at the last minute.

“A mother waited with her son to be seen for seven hours in the emergency department.

“These problems existed long before Covid and the people of Kingaroy and neighbouring areas just want the State Government to fix it.

“The entire region is suffering because of the lack of health services. Labor simply does not have a plan to fix regional health.

“We need more investment in mental health, palliative care and paediatric services.

Ms Frecklington said she would keep up the fight for better health care for all Queenslanders.

“Together, I know we can make a difference to fix this ailing healthcare system,” she said.

Biosecurity matters, just not to the Palaszczuk Government

9th August 2022

The Premier’s biosecurity announcement today is window dressing and seriously misleading.

Since 2015, the Palaszczuk Government has reduced the number of Animal Welfare and Biosecurity inspectors by 13, from 64 to 51 positions.

In May, it was revealed the Palaszczuk Government had also failed to fill 5 vacant positions in the department.

Both these facts were confirmed by the Agriculture Minister to Parliament.

Queenslanders can see the answer to the Question on Notice here.

Why does the Palaszczuk Government only act after there is a crisis on our doorstep?

Where is the planning and vision for our state?

Queenslanders are growing tired of lurching from one crisis to another because the Palaszczuk Government cannot properly plan for the future.

Today’s PR stunt by the Premier proves she presides over a government that is all about announcements and showmanship instead of protecting our great Queensland way of life.

The Premier and the Agriculture Minister have been habitually slow to act on biosecurity issues and the department has been underfunded and understaffed on their watch.

An outbreak of foot and mouth disease would be catastrophic with wide-reaching effects to our agricultural industries, and rural and regional communities.

Today’s announcement proves this government only cares about how things look, not how they are.

Queenslanders deserve better than this.

Deb questions high rate of Flood Grants being declined

Deb questions high rate of Flood Grants being declined

3rd August 2022

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says she has questioned the Labor Government about why so many flood grant applications by primary producers and small businesses are being declined.

Mrs Frecklington said she has asked two Questions on Notice* to the Minister for Agriculture in relation to the Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Grants, being administered by QRIDA, following concerns about the guidelines and many reports of applications being rejected.

“I am very concerned by feedback I am receiving from primary producers about their applications for flood disaster grants not being approved on the basis of not meeting the eligible item criteria,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“This is leaving producers with large bills for equipment and services which they understood would be eligible, but have now been told do not meet the criteria.

“The main example is the purchase of equipment, which according to the guidelines is allowed*. However it seems the fine print, which is not available to applicants, is resulting in some equipment purchases being deemed ineligible by QRIDA.

“I asked the Minister if a clearer and more detailed set of guidelines could be provided, however, this has not been provided.

“My second question tried to get to the bottom of why there have been so many applications that have been declined, with 20% of primary producers and 33% of small business rejected. The answer did not shine any real light on the main reason, but it would appear ineligible items are one of the areas for concern.

“If the guidelines were clearer, it would make it much simpler for primary producers to understand what items they can claim, rather than purchasing very expensive equipment only to find equipment purchases are not being honoured.

“To have an application rejected is extremely stressful for primary producers and small businesses owners who have already suffered so much loss with the floods. There is also a large amount of time and effort which goes into these grants and to then have to turn around and make an appeal is extremely hard,” Mrs Frecklington said.

ENDS…

*Question on Notice 475 – https://documents.parliament.qld.gov.au/tableoffice/questionsanswers/2022/475-2022.pdf

*Question on Notice 718 – https://documents.parliament.qld.gov.au/tableoffice/questionsanswers/2022/718-2022.pdf

* Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant Guidelines – https://qrida.qld.gov.au/s3fs-public/2022-05/Guideline%20Cat%20C%20EDARG%20-%20PP%20South%20East%20Queensland%20Rainfall%20and%20Flooding.pdf?uQ_ghXt6EPZ_EjAXi82k0Ksh5k7pCQGQ=

See section 3f) purchasing, hiring or leasing equipment or materials that are essential for immediately resuming operation of the primary production enterprise.

Photo: Flooding in the Nanango Electorate

South Burnett Health Crisis Meeting - Change of Venue

1st August 2022

Due to overwhelming numbers of people expressing an interest in registering for the South Burnett Health Crisis Meeting in Kingaroy, we have decided to move to a larger venue to ensure there is enough room is available for everyone who would like to attend.

The new venue is:

St John’s Lutheran Primary School Hall
92 Ivy St, Kingaroy

Registration is from 10am, with the meeting to start at 10:30am on Tuesday 9th August.

I would like to thank everyone who has registered so far and look forward to this important opportunity for our community to have their say and make a contribution towards helping to fix the system.

Our doctors, nurses and other health staff are working as hard as they can, but the Queensland Health system is failing both them and patients.

Have your say -  South Burnett Health Crisis Meeting

Have your say - South Burnett Health Crisis Meeting

28th July 2022

Tuesday 9th August is an important opportunity for the South Burnett community to have their say about hospital services in our region. If you've got an experience you'd like to share, we want to hear from you.

This special 'Health Crisis Meeting' will be held in Kingaroy at the Uniting Church Hall from 10.30am. I have invited my colleagues, Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli, and Shadow Minister for Health, Ros Bates to attend so they can hear the stories firsthand that so many people have shared with me about our local hospital services. It's an opportunity for our community to speak up, demand change and fight for the health care we deserve. It's an opportunity to support our stressed and overworked doctors and nurses.

Since the opening of the new Kingaroy Hospital in early 2021, I have been asking the Labor Government questions about staffing at the facility, problems with its construction and the lack of services we are still experiencing. There is no doubt that the Kingaroy Hospital is a beautiful new building, and our community deserves this investment. However, while we have a shiny new Hospital… it has not guaranteed shiny new services. Help us shine a light on the problems we are facing with hospital services in our region.

Secure your spot by registering at: https://www.trybooking.com/CBHTC
Where: St John's Lutheran Primary School, 92 Ivy Street, Kingaroy 
When: Tuesday 9 August 2022, 10:30am - 11:30am

I look forward to seeing you there.
Deb

P.S. Here's a link to a short video about some of the other Health Crisis Meetings that have been held by the LNP across Queensland by my State Opposition team, along with part of the media conference announcing Kingaroy as the location for our 20th Health Crisis meeting.

Health Crisis Meeting - Kingaroy

22nd July 2022

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington is encouraging the South Burnett community to take part in a ‘Health Crisis Meeting’ to be held in Kingaroy on Tuesday 9th August.

Mrs Frecklington said this was an important opportunity to speak up and force change when it comes to our local Hospital services.

“Every day I receive complaints from patients and staff about our local hospital services in Kingaroy, Murgon and Nanango,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“Since the opening of the new Kingaroy Hospital in early 2021, I have been asking the Labor Government questions about the staffing at the facility, problems with its construction and the lack of services we are still experiencing.

“There is no doubt that the Kingaroy Hospital is a beautiful new building, and my community deserves this investment. However, while we have shiny new Hospital… it is not a guarantee that we have shiny new services.

“There is a major understaffing problem. Everyone knows that it’s the staff who ultimately deliver our health services. But there are too many short-staffed shifts, resulting in stressed and overworked doctors and nurses.

“And in relation to mental health, unfortunately our region has the highest rate of suicide in the State. Yet we still see no increase in mental health services or specific mental health beds.

“Opposition Leader, David Crisafulli and Shadow Minister for Health, Ros Bates will be attending. We want to hear people’s stories so we can keep pressing the State Government to listen and take some real action.

“Details about how to register for this important event will be available on my Facebook page soon,” Deb said.