Opposition Health spokesman Mark McArdle
Opposition Health spokesman Mark McArdle Warren Lynam

LNP to hand hospital powers to people

THE Liberal National Party will re-establish the former hospital board system that was ousted in 1989 by the Goss Government, if elected, to give decision-making power back to local people.

Opposition Health spokesman Mark McArdle said the LNP was in election mode and its commitment was simple.

"We will empower a hospital board comprised of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and other individuals right here in Rockhampton to run the hospital,'' he said.

"It will be their obligation with the pool of funding that comes from the Commonwealth pool to deal with the issues right here.

"It is their obligation, it is their responsibility to make certain the people here get the outcomes."

Health Minister Geoff Wilson said the State Government legislated last year to establish Local Health and Hospital Networks that would mean more services provided by the community, for the community, in the community.

"Under the health reforms, hospitals will be run locally, by a CEO who will report directly to a Local Governing Council," Mr Wilson said.

"This will happen in Rockhampton from July."
 



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