Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has challenged all local State and Federal Members to put aside their political argy bargy and work together to improve health services for Redlanders.
Her moves follow emotional criticism this week from Redland Hospital Emergency physician Michael Cameron who has publicly slammed the parlous state of Redland Hospital, saying it had not been given the resources necessary to keep up with demand.
The Mayor says he’s not alone in his criticisms and it is time for the politicians to get real.
She says there’s been a recent spate of social media back and forth over hospital funding between respective MPs as one blamed the other or their political party for the issues and that, she adds, must end.
Councillor Williams says the city’s health and medical care should not depend on the colour of the government of the day.
In a passionate letter to State MPs Mark Robinson, Kim Richards and Don Brown and Federal Member for Bowman Andrew Laming; Cr Williams is imploring them to work together.
She has also recently met with State Health Minister Steven Miles and she is seeking a meeting with Federal Minister Greg Hunt.
“We need politicians to focus more on fighting for funding instead of fighting with each other.”
“The health of our residents is not helped by social media likes or headlines, it is helped by constructive, bipartisan commitment across different levels of government and I am calling for all local MPs to hang up their political colours for the good of the city.”
“Council has joined Metro South and Mater to fund a Master Plan of the Redlands Hospital, which is currently being finalised and is expected to come to Council for consideration shortly.”
The Mayor says she hopes the Master Plan means the State and Federal Politicians will have no room for the blame game to continue.
“The finalisation of this Master Plan also provides an opportunity for all elected members to sit down and discuss how we can work together to deliver the health services our community deserves.”