Les gets his wheels in time for Christmas

AN overwhelmed Les Borthwick received his much-needed mobility scooter in Cairns today, after the community generously responded to an appeal launched by Federal MP Warren Entsch. Les, 76, went into Cairns Base Hospital a year ago for a knee replacement but complications have forced him to undergo seven operations.  During the most recent operation, a…

Reckless cuts jeopardise Far Northern health services

$6.5 MILLION will be cut from Cairns Base Hospital’s 2011-12/2012-13 budget as part of the Gillard Government’s attempt to achieve a surplus by ripping $1.6 billion from hospitals around the country. And much-needed rural services in Cape York and the Torres Strait/Northern Peninsula will also suffer, each hospital losing $900,000 worth of funding over the…

Village leaders hold key to TB solution

“THROWING more money at this is not going to fix the problem.” That was the response of Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch to the news yesterday that Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr had announced another $20 million for tuberculosis treatment in PNG. Mr Entsch has today again questioned why the government is not working hand in…

Leichhardt seeking Green Army projects

AS the summer break kicks off, school leavers, job seekers and GAP year students are urged to put their thinking caps on and come up with some ‘green’ projects for the coming year. Federal MP Warren Entsch has today launched the Coalition’s ‘Green Army’ environmental plan in Leichhardt, which will see thousands of young people…