LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has welcomed moves to restore maternity services at Weipa Hospital but warned there was still a long way to go following an era of neglect and cuts under Labor.
“As someone who was born in a regional hospital, I understand how crucial these services are to families,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The work to reopen Weipa was undertaken by the LNP so it’s disappointing it has taken Labor four years to hand in the LNP’s homework.
“Hopes are now high for mums in Weipa, but they will be crushed if Labor fails to follow through on a birthing facility for the hospital.
“I believe every woman – everywhere – has the right to safe maternity care.
“Since 2001, Labor has closed 26 rural maternity units.
“We’ve heard heartbreaking stories of expecting mums handed DIY birthing kits because maternity services are critically insufficient in the bush under Labor.
“Labor’s priorities are all wrong – they were fixated on renaming hospitals when they should have been focused on ensuring mums can give birth safely.
“The LNP restored regional maternity services in government because Queenslanders deserve world-class health services no matter where they live.
“In government, the LNP reopened maternity services in Cooktown.
“I will continue to fight to ensure regional health services are restored and we bridge the divide between the city and the bush.”