LNP continues fight to restore regional maternity services

The LNP has welcomed the restoration of maternity services at Chinchilla Hospital.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said expecting mums in regional Queensland deserved the same level of health care as those in the cities.

“As someone who was born in a regional hospital, I understand how important these services are to rural and regional families,” Ms Frecklington said.

“It’s disappointing that it’s taken almost a year to restore these services since the hospital went on maternity bypass in December last year.

“Our hardworking nurses, midwives, doctors and paramedics in regional Queensland need more support to improve frontline health services in the bush.

“The LNP restored regional maternity services in government because we strongly believe Queenslanders deserve a world-class health system no matter where they live.

“We will continue the fight to see services return to Theodore now as well.”

Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said Annastacia Palaszczuk’s health priorities were all wrong.

“Labor’s priority seems to be wasting taxpayers’ money changing the names of hospitals rather than improving the services they provide,” Ms Bates said.

“It’s great to see services return to Chinchilla but they should never have been lost in the first place.

“Ambulance ramping continues to increase, our emergency departments are overcrowded and elective surgery wait times are blowing out.

“As a nurse, I know how important local maternity care is across regional Queensland.

“We need to help expecting mums have their babies as close to home as they can.”

LNP MP for Callide Colin Boyce said the restoration of maternity services was important for local communities.

“Restoring maternity services at Chinchilla is a step in the right direction, but there’s still a long way to go given Labor’s track record of closing dozens of maternity services,” Mr Boyce said.

“The LNP Government stopped Labor’s wave of closures and actually re-opened services in Beaudesert and Cooktown.

“It’s clear that the only way to restore regional services in places like Theodore is by getting rid of the Palaszczuk Labor Government.”

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