LNP offering $100 million for regional, rural health

THE Coalition has made rural and regional health a priority after releasing its health policy with more than $100million in funding.

Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd said the Coalition, if elected on September 7, would strive to get more and better trained medical experts into rural and regional areas.

He said it would also work to cut administration and bureaucracy in favour of more frontline services, and work with states and territories to support more local control of hospital services.

"We need more frontline services in Flynn, from highly skilled doctors, nurses and allied health professionals," said Mr O'Dowd.

"This is a huge issue here and I particularly support the Coalition's focus on helping busy professionals spend more time treating patients, and financial assistance for students from rural and remote areas to further their studies.

"This policy is welcome news as only just last Saturday I hosted Peter Dutton, the Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing on a tour of Gladstone Hospital where he saw firsthand the issues that a regional hospital like ours, and others throughout Central Queensland, face in the provision of services on a daily basis."

The Coalition will commit $52.5 million to provide at least 175 grants of up to $300,000 targeted to rural and regional areas, and $13.4 million to provide 500 additional scholarships to a maximum of $30,000 per scholarship for nurses and allied health professionals in areas of need to undertake further study.

"I've always believed hospitals can operate better at a community level than under the control of bureaucrats in Canberra," he said.

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