Hospital political stunt

A CLAIM in parliament last week that Member for Gympie David Gibson wanted to spend $100 million on a hospital at Tin Can Bay was part of a political stunt, Mr Gibson said.

"I've always strongly advocated for better health and emergency services to be provided on the coast because of the distance to Gympie Hospital, but what we saw from Labor was nothing more than a stunt to try and discredit me, as being financially irresponsible," the LNP Shadow Minister for Local Government and Sport said.

Mr Gibson said he had simply written to the minister on behalf of a constituent who raised a hospital at Tin Can Bay for consideration, something he did on a regular basis.

He had asked details on what it cost to run small hospitals around the Wide Bay area, but instead of coming back with an answer Labor suggested Mr Gibson had promised a $100 million hospital at Tin Can Bay.

"It's not an election promise," Mr Gibson said last week.

"If we had $100 million we could do a lot more for pressures on the coast."

One thing needed more than ever because of projected growth, was additional ambulance services, Mr Gibson said.

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