Fisher hits back over fund­ing

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

THE LNP has hit back at claims by Health Min­is­ter Steven Miles about fund­ing short­falls across the Sunshine Coast hos­pi­tal net­work.

Mem­ber for Fisher An­drew Wal­lace said since 2014-15, fund­ing from the Fed­eral Govern­ment had grown 30 per cent, while the Queens­landled Palaszczuk govern­ment trailed be­hind at 26 per cent.

Since 2012-13, fed­eral fund­ing al­lo­cated to the Coast has in­creased by $120 mil­lion, grow­ing by 88.2 per cent, Mr Wal­lace said.

He also pointed to an ad­di­tional $381.9 mil­lion put in to Queens­land Govern­ment’s bank ac­count for pub­lic hos­pi­tal fund­ing from the LNP, tak­ing the to­tal re­ceived to more than $4 bil­lion for 2016-17.

The ad­di­tional fund­ing was pro­vided based on the ad­vice of two in­de­pen­dent um­pires – the In­de­pen­dent Hos­pi­tal Pric­ing Au­thor­ity and the Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Na­tional Health Fund­ing Body. The LNP’s new five-year agree­ment aims to de­liver $130.2 bil­lion in fund­ing to hos­pi­tals.

“We call on the Queens­land La­bor Govern­ment to stop putting pol­i­tics ahead of pa­tients and sign on to our agree­ment, which will de­liver an ad­di­tional $7.4 bil­lion for pub­lic hos­pi­tals across the state,” he said.

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