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Observer/Zinc headlines Feb 29

The Observer editor Meredith Papavasiliou.
The Observer editor Meredith Papavasiliou. The Observer

IT'S a plan that undoubtedly has good intentions, but the State Government's blueprint for the Gladstone Base Hospital is looking like little more than a token gesture.

And even then, given the track record of Queensland Health bureaucracy and the blueprints they have trotted out in the past, a token gesture might be a generous assertion.

It's the incumbent government's plan to make Gladstone region's health care provision better.

It'll take the best part of a decade, and even then there are no promises of delivery and who knows what could happen to said blueprint between now and then? But what's the Opposition offering up? Campbell Newman came to town, told us all we should welcome more local directorship over our health care systems (because, you know, regional councils have nothing better to do and they are spoilt for an abundance of resources).

It's not surprising most of us are left scratching our heads, looking squarely down the barrel of a massive private health insurance hike in coming months, and wondering where the hell it all went so horribly wrong.

Also not surprising is the fact neither side of the political divide is offering up any kind of solution.

The candidates here are saying the right things, but they're all yet to prove they can really do anything to improve our plight.

Firm words, wit and slogans sound good. But they don't achieve a whole lot in the end. So, what's it to be? Who is it in our electorate that we can entrust with our future health care?

It's a pretty scary time for our region - especially if we are rendered silent for the lack of a constructive, intelligent and articulate voice. This is not the election to enlist the usual brand of apathy.

Our region's representative needs to be assertive and proactive in getting what this region needs.

It's a pretty scary time for our region...

Topics:  observer/zinc, queensland election 2012




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