The LNP Opposition is demanding the State Government be upfront with Queenslanders about what is really being delivered in the months and years ahead to heal the Queensland Health Crisis. Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli said the Budget had revealed Labor’s hospitals plan was severely underfunded.
“Queenslanders are finding it increasingly hard to trust the State Government,” Mr Crisafulli said. “Budget analysis shows that the State Government hasn’t been upfront with Queenslanders.
“Less than 1% of State Government funding will be spent in the first 12 months for new hospitals, and nearly half of it is completely missing from the Budget.
“Glossy brochures and hollow promises won’t heal the health crisis.
“Queenslanders want real solutions, not hollow headlines. “After breaking the health system for the past seven years, the State Government wants another seven years to fix the Queensland Health Crisis.
“That is why the LNP has put solutions on the table including more resources, better triaging, sharing data in real time and above all put local doctors and nurses back in charge.”
Shadow Treasurer David Janetzki said less than 1% of the promised funding will trickle through over the next 12 months for three new hospitals in Bundaberg, Coomera and Toowoomba.
“Across the forwards, the State Government has sneakily failed to budget more than 40% of the funding, “Mr Janetzki said.
“Only $5.7 billion is allocated in the Budget, despite the price tag being nearly $10 billion.
“There is a huge black hole in the State Government’s hospitals promise and Queenslanders deserve to know the truth.”
Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said the State Government was only interested in chasing headlines.
“The facts are there is a huge funding black hole in this hospital promise,” Ms Bates said.
“The health crisis is happening now. “People are dying waiting for ambulances now.
“The Gold Coast is 500 beds short.
“Patients are asking what the State Government is going to do to fix the health crisis.
“As a nurse and former hospital administrator I know how exhausted our hardworking doctors and nurses.
“Doctors, nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals deserve more respect and resources from the State Government.”