Sep 12, 2012

Qld budget: health cuts go to political vitality of Newman

Health sector stakeholder reaction to the Queensland budget has been adverse, writes Dr Mark Bahnisch.

Health sector stakeholder reaction to the Queensland budget has been adverse. This in itself is not surprising, given the scale of the workforce cuts. But perhaps the strength of the rhetoric is. AMA Queensland President Dr Alex Markwell described herself as “very disappointed” in Minister Lawrence Springborg. Dietitians Association of Australia CEO Claire Hewat predicted a “tsunami of ill health”. Outgoing head of the Tuberculosis Control Centre, Dr Anastasios Konstantinos, warned of dire consequences.

An adverse reaction from public sector unions, while justified in terms of their own remit, could have been predicted. These voices, however, are not the usual suspects.

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