A review into Queensland Health has recognised reform measures implemented by the LNP Government have been a huge success, but there are grave concerns these achievements could be undone by Labor.
Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle said the Hunter Review into the Department of Health’s structure, governance arrangements and high level organisational capability, found the devolution of health service delivery had improved financial efficiency and patient care.
Mr McArdle said returning to a central control model would have devastating consequences for Queensland patients.
“It’s no secret that Labor’s preferred style of governance is to run state departments from their offices in the Brisbane CBD,” he said.
“While this is not the most efficient and effective way to run government, it is certainly the best way to placate union bosses.
“Under the leadership of Lawrence Springborg as Minister, the Health Department made huge strides to improve efficiency and enhance patient care.
“Labor must tread very carefully in the coming months not to undo this great work.
“Health Minister Cameron Dick has a responsibility to ensure that all Queenslanders get the health care they need and deserve.”
Mr McArdle said the LNP would be keeping a close eye on every move the Health Minister made.
“It’s now up to the Labor Government to continue this reform to improve the health system even more, while not dropping the ball on the work that’s already been done,” he said.
“Cameron Dick’s response to the review so far hasn’t filled me with confidence.
“The bad old days of Labor still continue to haunt the Health Department and Queenslanders will never be able to forget the bungles and maladministration at the hands of the Beattie and Bligh Governments.”