Labor continues to ignore the health of Cairns Hospital

23 Feb 2017 11:30 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

The Palaszczuk Government is failing the people of Cairns by cutting more than $80 million of funding from health infrastructure funding in Cairns.

Shadow Health Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the people of Cairns were being unfairly punished by the Labor government tightening its purse strings. 


"Over the last two years, more than $80 million of funding has been cut from the infrastructure fund at Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Services, putting the lives of locals at risk," Mr Langbroek said.


"Labor is failing to adequately invest in key health infrastructure, which is having detrimental effects on the local community, families and the entire region.


"Once again Labor’s do-nothing Health Minister Cameron Dick has been found sitting on his hands and ignoring the needs of our regions.


"Worse still, State Treasurer and local member Curtis Pitt has turned his back on his own constituents at the expense of the bottom line."


Mr Langbroek said under the LNP, more than $421 million was invested in health infrastructure in Cairns, supporting the local region.


"Regions like Cairns are missing out on funding under the Palaszczuk Government and putting the health of families at risk," Mr Langbroek said.


"Labor is not taking the health of Cairns families seriously and is not putting the money forward to invest in the future of health infrastructure in the regions.


"Only the LNP will invest in regional Queensland and ensure health infrastructure in the regions is up to standard now and into the future."


Funding over the last five years:

12/13: $148,805,000

13/14: $156,054,000

14/15: $117,651,000


Total LNP investment: $421,755,000

15/16: $62,212,000

16/17: $37,580,000

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