Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union Letter to the Editor

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Queensland nurses and midwives have demanded opposition leader Tim Nicholls today guarantee he will not cut a single hospital or health service job if the LNP win.

The state's hard-working nurses and midwives are deeply concerned after Mr Nicholls admitted he would likely cut the budget if made Premier.

At a press conference yesterday, Mr Nicholls repeatedly stated he would be "cutting the cloth'' in reference to budget cuts. He refused to state where the cuts would be made.

This language has struck fear into the hearts of Queensland nurses and midwives.

Nurses and midwives watched patients suffer and colleagues burn out following the LNP's cull of 1800 Queensland nurses and midwives between 2012 and 2014.

The state's hospitals and health services were left dangerously understaffed and patients and employees severely adversely impacted when the LNP cut more than 4800 health jobs throughout Queensland.

Prior to the 2012 election, the LNP promised "more nurses, less red tape.'' They went on to axe more than 1800 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) nursing and midwifery jobs in areas including paediatrics, intensive care and emergency.

On behalf of the state's nurses, midwives and patients, the Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union (QNMU) today demands a guarantee from Mr Nicholls that the LNP will not again cut public health jobs and services if they win the upcoming state election.

Queenslanders deserve to know if their loved ones and health will again be put at risk under an LNP government.

Yours Sincerely,
Beth Mohle
Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union

Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) :
GPO Box 1289, Brisbane Q 4001, Queensland Wide
07 3840 1444
1800 177 273
07 3844 9387
Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU)
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