ALP rejects claims of federal funding cuts to Central Qld
FEDERAL Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore yesterday slammed comments made by Central Queensland's Hospital and Health Services Board chair Charles Ware.
Mr Ware had said the Central Queensland's Hospital and Health Service had been forced to restructure its health model as a result of Commonwealth funding cuts.
"Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says the Commonwealth has cut funding to local health services," Ms Livermore said.
"That's plain wrong. Any reduction in funding to individual health services is a decision of the Newman Government. It distributes money to local hospitals, not the Commonwealth.
"This misinformation campaign by the Newman Government and Coalition MPs about health funding to local hospitals is an attempt to distract from the fact Premier Newman sacked 4140 health workers and cut funding for services such as breast screening and preventative health programs."
Member for Keppel Bruce Young says he fully supported Mr Ware and the board.
"This board has the best intentions for all Central Queenslanders," Mr Young said.
A community meeting is set to take place today in Moura to discuss plans for the hospital, to be addressed by Mr Ware and attended by Senator Clare Moore, Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne and Shadow Minister for Health Jo-Ann Miller and Moura locals.