Preventative health cut despite obesity crisis

The Palaszczuk Labor Government should reverse its cuts to preventative health spending if it is serious about combatting obesity, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today.

The 2018 Health of Queenslanders report has revealed that almost 60 per cent of Queenslanders are classified as overweight or obese.

But information provided in response to an Opposition question-on-notice (see below) has revealed that Labor will cut spending on preventative health by almost $300,000 this year.

“Labor should be increasing spending on preventative health instead of sneaking through budget cuts,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Doctors across Queensland are demanding action on obesity but they have been ignored by Health Minister Steven Miles.

“A competent Health Minister would invest in preventative health, but Steven Miles would rather blow the budget on renaming hospitals. Labor’s priorities are all wrong.”

Shadow Health Minister and nurse Ros Bates said Annastacia Palaszczuk needed a new Health Minister.

“Labor’s own report shows that obesity increases the risk of chronic disease, particularly diabetes and reduces life expectancy,” Ms Bates said.

“Rather than playing politics, Minister Miles should focus on measures to reduce chronic disease and obesity, which will actually save the health budget in the long-run.

“This is a Minister who is out of his depth, not across the details of the biggest portfolio in government and this is yet another reason why he should be sacked.”

Question on notice: www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2018/955-2018.pdf

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