Labor slams Coalition over Gold Coast hospital cuts

The Opposition has accused the Federal Government of ripping services out of the Gold Coast hospitals, resulting in “less surgeries, less nurses and less doctors”.

The State Government says there’s $11.27m being pulled out of the Coast’s major hospitals.

This figure has been backed by Federal Shadow Health Minister Catherine King, who said the problems will continue under the Morrison Government.


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“This has been another debacle when it comes to health care,” she said.

“We know the Federal Government has cut over $715m in funding from 2017-2020 out of our public hospital system.

“It’s looking to claw back more services here on the Gold Coast.”

Queensland’s Health Minister Steven Miles is expected to raise this issue of the cuts at COAG today.

The Gold Coast University Hosptial is down $7 million, while Robina has lost $4.

He said the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Governments have severely impacted the way patients are cared for.

“At the end of the day, these retrospective funding changes are unfair to Queenslanders and I urge the Commonwealth Government to reconsider this ridiculous proposal,” he said.

Federal Shadow Health Minister King says, if elected, Labor will reinstate the funds to Gold Coast’s public hospitals.

After stints with the ABC and AAP, Mitchell joined 1029 Hot Tomato in 2017. He’ll be out and about bringing you the news that matters on the Coast.

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This is appalling. I was one of those patients that had a very long wait for my surgery 4 weeks ago.