LNP reveals cuts to public health staff
Published Saturday, 03 October, 2020 at 11:34 AM
Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
The Honourable Steven Miles
Deb Frecklington has today revealed the LNPs plans to cut health staff if they were elected.
Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said her announcement of health staff numbers was woefully inadequate and wouldn’t keep up with the growth in patients at its current rate.
“This is a cut to health staff. Deb Frecklington needs to find funds for $23 billion in election promises and she’s coming for our public hospital doctors and nurses.
“Last time she was in government, she and Campbell Newman sacked 4400 health staff in Queensland.
“In 5 years we have rebuilt our health frontline by hiring 7,358 more nurses, 2,450 more doctors, 2,031 more health practitioners and 812 more paramedics.
“Now Deb Frecklington has announced they would hire less health workers than will be needed over the next four years. That’s a cut."
Mr Miles said the Palaszczuk Government had even further bolstered public health services to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Now, more than ever before, we cannot risk an LNP government that will tear down our world-class free public health system.
"It is because of our strong health response that we have been able to get on with Queensland's plan for economic recovery. The LNP would put all that in jeopardy."
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