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ELECTION 2015: LNP cash splash on Central Queensland health

Premier Campbell Newman and his wife Lisa outside Rockhampton Hospital with Member for Keppel Bruce Young. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Premier Campbell Newman and his wife Lisa outside Rockhampton Hospital with Member for Keppel Bruce Young. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

FRONTLINE health was the big winner in yesterday's cash splash as the LNP committed to an additional 140 staff if re-elected next week.

Central Queensland would receive an extra 26 doctors, 89 nurses and 25 health practitioners in a $30 million election promise. Across the state, the LNP has committed to funding an additional 2650 frontline health jobs over a three-year period.

Member for Keppel, Bruce Young said the LNP would also boost the delivery of public health services across the region over the next three years.

"This is a great win for Central Queensland," Mr Young said.

"Since I first came to office three years ago, I've worked hard to make our part of the world a healthier place and here we see the next phase of that plan.

""These boosted staff numbers will complement the 39 additional positions at CQHHS since July 2012 as confirmed by the chair, Charles Ware.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the previous government had left thousands of patients on waiting lists and the billion dollar health payroll debacle left local doctors and nurses underpaid, over paid or not paid at all.

"We've stabilised the Queensland Health payroll…and we've overseen across-the-board pay increases for all our health workers.

Mr Springboard acknowledged there was still more to be done.

On Wednesday the Queensland Nurses Union launched a campaign to expose the impact of understaffing in Queensland Health and questioning why almost 5000 staff had been made redundant across the state in the first place.

The union is calling for nurse-to-patient ratios to be legislated but Mr Young was not prepared to commit to that yesterday, saying he would take the question on notice. He did say the LNP had rejected ALP proposals for a state-based surgery co-payment of up to $100 per patient.

"The LNP believes in the protection of free public healthcare," he said.

Topics:  cqhhs, health, lnp, queensland election 2015



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