Care in re­gional Qld

Central Queensland News - - YOUR SAY - — Ros Bates MP, Shadow Min­is­ter for Health and Am­bu­lance Ser­vices, Shadow Min­is­ter for Women

THE LNP sup­ports ac­cess to ma­ter­nity ser­vices in re­gional Queens­land.

We be­lieve that ex­pect­ing mums in re­gional Queens­land de­serve the same level of health care as those in the cities.

As some­one who was born in a re­gional hos­pi­tal, I un­der­stand how im­por­tant these ser­vices are to ru­ral and re­gional fam­i­lies.

It was great to see the 1000th baby born re­cently at the Beaudesert Hos­pi­tal, fol­low­ing the re-open­ing of ma­ter­nity ser­vices by the LNP.

This comes on the back of the restora­tion of ma­ter­nity ser­vices at the Chinchilla Hos­pi­tal – af­ter be­ing shut down for al­most a year.

We strongly be­lieve that Queens­lan­ders de­serve a world-class health sys­tem no mat­ter where they live.

We will con­tinue the fight to see ser­vices re­turn to Theodore as well.

Our hard-work­ing nurses, mid­wives, doc­tors and paramedics in re­gional Queens­land need more sup­port to im­prove front­line health ser­vices in the bush.

La­bor’s pri­or­ity seems to be chang­ing the names of hospi­tals, rather than im­prov­ing pa­tient care.

As a nurse, I know how im­por­tant lo­cal ma­ter­nity care is across re­gional Queens­land.

We need to help ex­pect­ing mums have their ba­bies as close to home as they can.

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