Fix Our Hospitals

April 03, 2018

It’s time to fix our hospitals.

Our community relies on local hospitals to keep us healthy and well. Our hardworking nurses and doctors do an amazing job under incredible pressure.

Unfortunately their job will get even harder. Mr Turnbull is cutting funding to every public hospital across Australia – including $160 million cut from Queensland hospitals.

Patients presenting to emergency departments requiring urgent attention are being left waiting for longer. Only 66% of urgent patients in 2016-17 were seen within 30 minutes.

It will only get worse with $3.13 million being cut from QEII Hospital. This means, almost 5,000 less emergency department visits for locals who need them.

For those who rely on the PA Hospital, a whopping $13.08 million will be cut. This means, almost 20,000 less emergency visits in the next 3 years.

Making matters worse under the out-of-touch Turnbull plan, the Metro South Health area will have 81 less nurses a year, every year.

These cuts are yet another example of Mr Turnbull’s attacks on Medicare. Remember, the Government’s freeze on GPs and specialists is still in place. As a result, out-of-pocket costs for GPs and specialists have soared.

Labor is the party that built Medicare and we won’t stop fighting to protect it. Labor’s health record speaks for itself. When we last had the opportunity, Labor invested record funding in public hospitals, with specific funding to combat waiting times.

Labor will fight against these cuts because we know Australians deserve better. Join me in sending Mr Turnbull a message: fix our hospitals.