Big news in our campaign for health funding.
I want to update you on some important news today on our campaign for the federal government to stop ripping off Queensland Health funding.
Last night the federal Treasurer has written to Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad and Minister Miles confirming that they will pay the amount identified by the statutory funding body for financial years 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. They have committed to a payment of $309 million.
This shows the work that union members have been doing – sending emails, signing petitions, and attending local events and rallies – has had an impact.
Before this announcement the federal government owed Queenslanders around $1.2 billion, so there is still a lot of money still owed to us.
The money that is still outstanding is the funding for Queensland health and hospital services in 2016/2017.
This latest news is a sign that we can win this campaign – since we began, the federal government has gone from denying that any money was owed, to agreeing to pay a significant amount. The pressure is working, and we must continue it in the interest of health services for our communities.
Well done on everything you have done to secure this vital funding – our patients and our community’s wellbeing is better off for your efforts.
We'll update you with more news on the campaign as it comes through.
Yours in union