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LNP still wants to cut health roles: Dick

Minister for Health Cameron Dick.
Minister for Health Cameron Dick. Inga Williams

THE Shadow Health Minister's letter to the editor yesterday demonstrates that the LNP have learned nothing from their time in Opposition.

Only someone who was a Minister when the Newman Government sacked 1800 nurses could make the claim that "more nurses equals fewer health services".

As Health Minister in the Palaszczuk Government, I hold a different view.

As part of our record $15 billion annual investment in health, we have returned 1940 nurses to the frontline in our hospitals last financial year, following the LNP's savage cuts to this workforce.

Claims from the Shadow Health Minister that Queenslanders are "heading back'" towards experiencing longer waiting times are simply wrong.

Since our government came to office, we have driven down the number of Queenslanders waiting longer than clinically recommended for their first specialist outpatient appointment from 100,000 to just over 58,000, as at 30 June.

As Health Minister, I am proud to have delivered record budget allocations to the Health portfolio which has health spending was increased by $1.65 billion, or 12.1 per cent.

When we were elected, we promised to rebuild the health system decimated by the Newman Government.

It's obvious from the Shadow Health Minister's letter that job cuts in the health system are still on the LNP's agenda.

CAMERON DICK

Health Minister

Topics:  cameron dick, health, labor party, liberal party, opinion



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