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Labor’s bush baby crisis far from over

17th June 2019

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today said Labor’s words on reopening regional maternity services better be backed up by action or it is just more empty promises to try and make a problem go away.

“The bush baby crisis is far over following an era of neglect and cuts under Labor,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Since 2001, Labor has closed 26 rural maternity units.

“The LNP has been screaming out for Labor to restore regional health services for years.

“We’ve heard heartbreaking stories and how the impact on maternity service closures in the bush were putting lives at risk.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is big on spin, but terrible on delivery.

“When it comes to world class regional maternity services, you can’t trust Labor.

“There was no mention of when maternity services at Chinchilla or Theodore in the Budget to back up Labor’s words.

“I was born in a regional hospital and I understand how crucial these services are to families.

“The LNP restored regional maternity services in government because Queenslanders deserve world-class health services no matter where they live.

“We also announced that Weipa services would re-open in late 2014 but five years later it still hasn’t happened.

“We need to bridge the divide between the city and the bush and I will hold Labor to account to ensure regional health services are restored.”