Wide Bay Health Funds Redirected

by Ted Sorensen
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State Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen is appalled by recent revelations that Minister for Health Dr Stephen Miles has been redirecting Wide Bay health services funding from our region.

“Minister Miles needs to explain and then apologise to the people of Hervey Bay, Ted said.

“Why has Wide Bay Health Services funding, that directly affects Hervey Bay hospital surgery wait times, being fleeced from our region and taken elsewhere.

In a recent reported in the Courier Mail  on Saturday, 17 March 2018, it was confirmed that the Labor government has been redirecting funding away from Wide Bay Health Services.

“Minister Miles is well aware that the Wide Bay Health services needs more support across all levels, and he simply does not care.

“We have local patients with serious health issues, who are suffering because of the poor financial health management of this Labor government, Ted said.

“For Minister Miles to know that essential money for our region is being siphoned off to other regions, is evidence of what Labor thinks of regional Queensland.

“Hervey Bay patients are missing out, and moreover are being disadvantaged by this Labor Government.

“To deflect the truth, Minister Miles resorts to blaming the Federal Government for his own maladroit method of Queensland health management.

“Federal Minister for Health, Mr Greg Hunt said that the Commonwealth was committed to providing record and secure funding to Queensland public hospitals for Queenslanders and he has proven this.

“The Commonwealth funding to Queensland public hospital services is on track to increase from $2.8 billion in 2013-14 to $4.8 billion in 2020-21, an increase of 72.3 per cent.

“In 2016-17 alone, the Commonwealth funding to Queensland hospital services grew by 9.1 per cent on the previous year, from $3.5 billion to $3.9 billion. This is in addition to Commonwealth funding through Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and through Primary Health Networks.

“Commonwealth funding through the National Health Funding Pool grew by 26 per cent between 2014-15 and 2016-17. In comparison Queensland Government funding grew by 6 per cent.

“The Commonwealth is further committed to providing longer term certainty for public hospital funding. The Commonwealth has offered the Queensland Government a new, long‑term National Health Agreement for the period 2020-21 to 2024-25.

“This new Agreement will provide approximately $28 billion in Commonwealth funding to Queensland hospitals. This is an increase of $7 billion, or 34 per cent, when compared to the previous five-year period.

“Minister Miles is soon becoming a prisoner of his own appalling record and his untruths when compared to the facts, it just don’t stack up, Ted said.

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