Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Could the missing Member for Herbert have a point here - nah, probably not

The Bulletin has updated the PET scanner story (here) that they ran as a Mooney booster piece on their front page today. It includes this from the missing Member for Herbert, Peter Lindsay:
“He said he had raised submissions with Health Minister Nicola Roxon for private operator Queensland X-ray to install a PET CT scanner at the Mater Hospital at half the cost to government 18 months ago.
However the Government opting to provide it through the public system at Townsville Hospital was a bad deal which would leave the city waiting until at least 2014 before it was delivered, he said.”
Lindsay may have a point – except for the fact that providing the scanner through a Private Hospital would presumably have restricted access to those who can pay and/or have private health insurance coverage.

Lindsay of course was silent on the other aspects of the $67.5 million hospital package announced by Rudd last night.  Presumably the Bully simply reprinted his press release rather than digging a bit further!

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