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Hospitals under strain from Labor budget cuts

17th June 2019

Labor’s state budget was one of higher taxes, more debt, less jobs and a cut to the Queensland Health infrastructure budget.

While many of our hospitals are at breaking point, Annastacia Palaszczuk has cut the health infrastructure budget by more than $200 million.

It was only a few weeks ago that we saw a code yellow crisis, with cancelled surgeries and chaos across the health system.

At the same time, Labor have continued to rollout the troubled electronic medical record system – another health IT project that has blown out by more than $256 million and is putting patient care at risk.

When it comes to health, Labor’s priorities are all wrong.

Annastacia Palaszczuk promised better local health services at the last state election but services are going backwards.

Emergency departments are overcrowded.

Ambulance ramping has skyrocketed.

Surgery wait times are blowing out.

As a nurse, I feel for the thousands of hard working nurses, doctors, midwives and paramedics who are struggling to cope.

Queenslanders deserve a world class public health system that the Palaszczuk Labor Government isn’t delivering.

Ros Bates
LNP Shadow Minister for Health