Health cuts bite tertiary care services  

Shadow Health Minister Jo-Ann Miller and former Brisbane Central MP Grace Grace slam the state government over health cuts. Photo: Jenelle Stafford, The Source News.

Shadow Health Minister Jo-Ann Miller and former Brisbane Central MP Grace Grace slam the state government over health cuts. Photo: Jenelle Stafford, The Source News.

DANIEL BACKHAUS

The official hospital for the G20 has been the scene of protests over cutbacks to radiology, nursing and other outpatient services.

Speaking at a rally outside the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital on Monday, Shadow Minister for Health Jo-Ann Miller criticised Health Minister Lawrence Springborg.

“He’s ultimately in control and he should stop all these sackings, all of the uncertainty and he’s basically a disgraceful health minister,” Ms Miller said.

Former Brisbane Central MP Grace Grace also campaigned against privatisation on behalf of her work as part of the Queensland Nurses Union.

“The two biggest feedbacks we have are workload issues and patient safety,” Ms Grace said.

“We do not accept that the private sector can deliver services any better than the public sector.”

Ms Miller hinted that Labor will take a major stance on health at next year’s election.

“Labor will fight this tooth and nail,” Ms Miller said.

The United Voices Health Queensland campaign organised by Labor has been protesting outside of Queensland Health’s largest hospitals including Logan, Robina and Gold Coast University Hospital and plan to protest outside of the upcoming Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

 

 

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