CEO Chris Franck and Ted O'Brien  at Bloomhill Cancer Charity in Buderim discuss the need for funding to help the facility survive.
CEO Chris Franck and Ted O'Brien at Bloomhill Cancer Charity in Buderim discuss the need for funding to help the facility survive. John McCutcheon

Bloomhill funding plea has turned into political cock fight

OPINION:

I AM sick of reporting on the political stoush over Bloomhill funding.

I feel bad saying it, but what once was an urgent cry for help from a worthy organisation has turned into a political cock fight between the two major parties.

Bloomhill's desperate plea - a call for hundreds of thousands of dollars funding - has been politicised.

A war on words broke out between Fairfax MP Ted O'Brien and Qld Health Minister Steven Miles about who is responsible for funding Bloomhill Cancer Care in Buderim.

It's been going on since January, and they both still shaft responsibility onto the other.

Can you tell there's an election looming?

This isn't a political game, boys.

These are people's lives your juggling while you spit venom at each other about a "drop in the ocean” funding.

Former Bloomhill patients have spoken loudly about how the services at threat saved their lives.

And what about future patients? Soon there will be a lock on the door for new clients just wanting somewhere to go where they aren't alone.

While Mr O'Brien has stood beside the centre from the beginning, his stronghold looks to be weakening with the continued tennis match of blame.

I liken it to the unspoken battle going on in my household over the broken washing machine.

We both don't want to fix it, even though it probably won't cost a lot.

But at the end of the day it has to be done, otherwise the dirty laundry will keep on piling up.

I can smell the political stench from here.



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