Labor’s Craig Crawford fails Cairns HHS Board

12 Oct 2016 12:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

The Palaszczuk Government has quashed the LNP’s push for an independent audit into the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service – failing to recognise the hospital’s deepening financial woes.


Shadow Health Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the people of Cairns deserved much better than what they were getting under this asleep-at-the-wheel Labor Government.


"Labor’s Member for Barron River Craig Crawford didn’t even stand up and talk to the motion in Parliament, failing to acknowledge the serious concerns over health services in his electorate," Mr Langbroek said.


"This just isn’t good enough from a former paramedic who claims to champion health services, but instead tows the Labor party line and puts politics ahead of representing his constituents who use Cairns Hospital.


"It’s also a shame to see the Katter’s Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth vote against the motion, considering he represents areas like Herberton and Atherton which fall under the service region of the health service.


"Health Minister Cameron Dick needs to take responsibility for his portfolio and for the mess Labor has created under his watch.


"Patients in Cairns deserve answers and the only way to deliver these is to take the review out of the Minister’s hands."


Mr Langbroek said the LNP remained concerned about the financial mismanagement of the CHHHS budget that has led to a projected $80 million deficit.


"Cairns Hospital has been run into the ground after the hospital service blew its budget by $20 million last year, on top of a forecast deficit of almost $80 million this year," Mr Langbroek said.


"There are serious concerns about how the CHHHS operations deteriorated so rapidly and what has contributed to the sudden fiscal crisis.


"Minister Dick has also failed to release the Ernst and Young report into the Cairns HHS or explain why he failed to act until the hospital was in crisis mode.


"The Minister has clearly been asleep at the wheel on this matter and that is why we have also requested the Auditor-General to investigate the Minister’s lack of oversight on this matter.


"There’s no doubt that these issues could have been avoided if the Minister had not neglected his portfolio."

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