LIKE many in our local community I hold grave fears for the future of Queensland Health following announcements this week that Health Minister Lawrence Springborg will further shirk responsibility for our hospitals.
The new arrangement will see LNP appointed regional hospital boards put in a position where they can sack staff and sell as- sets with no community consultation. With his ongoing dispute with Queensland nurses clearly at the front of his mind, Mr Springborg is again trying to distance himself from decisions involving frontline staff.
The hard truth is that shifting responsibility to regional boards will focus boards on meeting ministerial statistics to secure funding.
The only things that count from the Minister’s point of view are waiting times for elective surgery, waiting times in emergency departments and ambulance ramping so everything else will fall to the wayside. Delivering community health services, advocating for disease prevention or delivering chronic disease management will be given no priority what-so-ever.
If regions fall under short-term budget pressure, transfer of assets mean they can sell these assets without public consultation, sack even more staff or outsource services at the cost of providing proper care for patients.
The Newman Government and the LNP Member for Whitsunday are failing in their promise to Queenslanders and running from the responsibility that comes with being a Premier and a Member who stands up for their region.
Bronwyn Taha LABOR CANDIDATE FOR WHITSUNDAY