By Rob on January 2015
Frontline health services across the Gold Coast are set to be boosted with the Newman LNP Government today committing to an additional 287 doctors, nurses and health practitioners throughout the region as a part of its strong plan for health.
Premier Campbell Newman said the LNP was focused on continuing to rebuild frontline health services across the region and generating skilled jobs for the future.
Mr Newman said the additional health jobs and services came on top of a record investment in public healthcare across the Gold Coast with funding having increased by $304.8 million, or 40.1%, since the change of government just three years ago.
“We all want a healthier Queensland and we’ve been working hard over the past three years to reduce every single waiting list across the Gold Coast. But there is more to be done,” Mr Newman said.
“Because of our disciplined management of the state’s finances, the Newman LNP Government can create an estimated 287 additional frontline health jobs.”
Member for Southport Rob Molhoek said the frontline health jobs on the Gold Coast would include 53 additional doctors, 184 additional nurses and 50 additional health practitioners.
The additional 287 staff will cost $63.3 million over three years from 2015/16.
“Under Labor, Queensland Health was plagued with waste and ballooning bureaucracy that prevented the recruitment and retention of frontline health workers,” Mr Molhoek said.
“There were thousands of patients languishing on waiting lists, and the billion dollar health payroll debacle left local doctors and nurses underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.
“We’ve stabilised the Queensland Health payroll, local doctors and nurses are getting their proper pay and we’ve overseen across the board pay increases for all our health workers.”
LNP candidate for Gaven Sid Cramp, a senior QAS officer, said that the number of health workers on the Gold Coast had already increased by 738 since 2012, helping to reduce the number of long-wait patients for surgery from 6,485 to zero.
“Despite these great achievements, we know there is more to be done. Only the strong LNP team has a strong plan to take Queensland Health into the future,” Mr Cramp said.
“And only the LNP team has the strong economic plan to ensure we can do it.”
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