Hospital group fears fund cuts after terror budget

SUNSHINE Coast hospital campaigners will keep a close eye on the delivery of the new public hospital as details of the Federal Government funds cuts slowly unravel.

The Sunshine Coast University Action Group has fought for years for the efficient and timely delivery of the jewel of the Kawana Health Precinct.

And they will not let an $80 billion federal funding cut stand in the way of providing the Coast with the services it deserves.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has accused critics of the budget's $80 billion health and education cuts, of exaggerating their concerns in their own-self interest.

Facing an increasing struggle to sell the economic blueprint to a hostile electorate, the Prime Minister said while he was prepared to negotiate with the Senate, he would not be backing down on any measures.

Sunshine Coast University Hospital Action Group chairwoman Maureen Mileham said she will be liaising with the community to ensure the Coast's message to the

government is loud and clear.

She said while the university building project was already funded, she would be keeping a close eye on how the services are delivered.

Her biggest fear is the cuts could result in longer wait times for procedures at all Sunshine Coast hospitals.

Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg will discuss Queensland's health system reforms with the Kawana community on Wednesday.

Local MP Jarrod Bleijie will host the Kawana Community Health Forum at the Lake Kawana Community Centre.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service chief executive Kevin Hegarty said the team is currently evaluating the impact of the Federal Budget on health services.


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