Hospital crisis

30.05.12

Letter to the Editor

Re: “Hospital crisis while Premier builds towers” TB 30.05.12 it is an absolute disgrace that the first priority of the Newman LNP government is to increase the patient to staff ratio in the Townsville Hospital which services the whole of North Queensland and the Torres Straight, and I assume other rural and regional hospitals by freezing staffing levels, which means going backwards as current staff retire and are not replaced, followed by the second priority building the LNP government a new building to encapsulate new, no doubt more plush offices, of course in Brisbane.

We have seen both health and education departments on rations yet this lease of new office space to house the government will in fact cost taxpayers. None of us can direct our tax dollar to where we would like it to go however personally I would prefer mine to be spent on public health and education before I see it spent on luxurious office space for government ministers.

With the Premier’s reputation I would like to know more about the deal to construct the new building/s. It has been obvious since the LNP took office that rural and regional Queensland would be simply ignored, as has been the case for the past 50 years. This Brisbane-centric government has shown its hand early, and I have no trouble at all predicting that it will be in a similar position to the last LNP Borbidge Queensland government, a one term mean and tricky government.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

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