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New minister attacks LNP spending on surgery waiting lists

Natalie Bochenski reports in the Brisbane Times (9.3.15) that the new Queensland health minister Cameron Dick has said that ‘not one cent of a $77 million budget set aside for the previous government’s Wait Time Guarantee surgery program was actually allocated to patient care.

‘Mr Dick said on Sunday he was shocked to discover a $15 million component had been set aside exclusively for advertising campaigns, with the rest for red tape including consultants.

 ‘”$77 million equates to an additional 4000 hip replacement surgeries,” he said.’

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