The thinking in the Cairns ALP leadership was that the hospital board was a poison chalice, and having Norman there to "take the fall" would be the best politics.
This is what happens when every decision by every government official becomes "politics first". Norman should have been sacked the first week Palaszczuk came into office. But instead both sides spend their time manueveuring for political points instead of doing what's best for the people.
And in the end, Norman double-crossed everyone by resigning this week.
This resignation then saw the amazing spectacle of ALP MP's disputing Norman's claims of "political pressure" when they know full well his three year tenure as the LNP hospital hatchet-man has been riddled with failure after failure. Bizarro politics run amok.
Norman, a failed ice cream shop owner and rejected Chamber of Commerce president, started his role as the first local hospital board chair with claims that he would "finish the new hospital blocks", "move the hospital helipad", and "end the bed shortage and ramping" that had plagued the hospital.
Norman however has little to show for his three years at the helm. He boasted he removed the word "Base" from the hospital's name. However even Queensland Health still routinely refers to the "Cairns
In his bolt for the door, Norman exhibited the same political sickness that has gripped the Cairns (un)Regional Council. Norman boasted he delivered an "$8.8 Million Surplus" last year.
Since when is a public hospital, funded by the taxpayers, supposed to be posting a profit???
You can't make this shit up!
This so-called "surplus" has come while ambulance ramping outside the hospital has continued to increase.
Norman has presided on other abject failures at the Cairns
The hospital is still clogged with long-care elderly patients
|MP WARREN ENTSCH AND UNIDENTIFIED|
DRUNK CELEBRATE TONY ABBOTT'S
KNIFING BY LNP LEADERSHIP
With Entsch credibility at less-than-zero, we'll take Norman at his word on this one. Entsch lies to everyone.
And the helipad has remained in its location, while patient and staff smoking areas still ring the facility like a cancer gauntlet.
But unSir Bob claims he's been a great chair, because he's romped in with an $8.8M profit!