Statement from LNP Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates: Introduction of health and wellbeing commission

“Annastacia Palaszczuk promised these changes since 2015, but has failed to take action until now.

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

“If Labor were serious about this issue, they should reverse its cuts to preventative health spending.*

“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.

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

“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:

https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2018/955-2018.pdf

Labor’s 2015 election promise:

http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2017/5/21/new-commission-to-help-children-and-families-avoid-obesity-and-chronic-disease
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