Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington … pledged that a full-time paediatrician will be based in the South Burnett (Photo: Nanango Electorate)

September 25, 2020

If the LNP wins the upcoming State Election, a full-time paediatrician will be based in the South Burnett, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington pledged on Friday.

She said she’d been fighting for the service for many years as local children were missing out on vital paediatric specialist support.

“There is a clear need for a full-time paediatrician in the South Burnett,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“Our children face long waiting times, sometimes two years or more.

“For a growing child, this can mean the difference between a good outcome or a lifetime of struggle.

“Unfortunately, my previous requests to Labor’s Health Minister have been rejected, including a petition signed by 1800 local people.

“Labor just don’t get regional communities such as ours and they obviously don’t understand the difficulties parents face trying to have their children seen by a specialist, as well as the added complication of having to travel to Toowoomba or Brisbane.

“It’s unacceptable and our kids deserve better.

“I’m proud to announce an LNP Government will fund a full-time paediatrician right here in the South Burnett.

“This is about ensuring local kids can get the basic health services they need close to home.”

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