KAP go missing in action during crucial vote
“Surely they know that the best thing for the Cairns & Hinterland, Mount Isa and Townsville Hospital and Health Service boards is having locals in control and free from interference from Brisbane.”
Mr McArdle said the Palaszczuk Government’s new legislation allowed the Minister to appoint a person without advertising the position, going through the proper merit-based selection process or getting approval from Cabinet or Governor-in-Council.
“There was no requirement in the bill for the appointee to even live in the area, which means you could end up having someone from Brisbane making decisions about services at Cloncurry, Charters Towers or Ravenshoe hospitals,” he said.
“So residents in the Mount Isa and Dalrymple electorates can forget about having local decision making and autonomy for their health services, instead they’ll end up with captains’ picks from Health Minister Cameron Dick and a return to George Street bureaucrats controlling our hospitals.
“This Palaszczuk Labor Government is clearly frozen at the wheel and taking our health system backwards. If only the KAP had been there, it could have been prevented.”
Mr McArdle said the LNP had always supported the principle that local people including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals must have a strong say in how their local hospitals are run.
“Local hospital boards are run by men and women who know the local lie of the land and by imposing an outsider without local knowledge is dangerous,” he said.
“How often do we hear that local people know how to deal best with local issues? This is no more evident than in treating patients on a local basis.”
Mr McArdle said the LNP voted against this proposal and will reverse the policy if elected at the next election.