Sky News Queensland editor Peter Gleeson says the state government’s constant bickering and excuses with federal counterparts have left the health system exposed should a Delta outbreak occur.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last week begged the federal government to boost hospital funding to increase the system’s capacity, prompting Prime Minister Scott Morrison to slam the state government for holding the Commonwealth “to ransom”.

“This is a real, real drama for the Queensland government,” said Mr Gleeson.

“They have a health system here in Queensland that swallows up 30 per cent of the state budget.

“They’ve had 18 months to prepare for this pandemic, they now realise that Delta is now inevitable and it will place an enormous strain on the Queensland health system.

“You’ve got doctors, nurses, eminent physicians getting together for what they called a ramping round table.

“So, you’ve got Yvette D’Ath, who I think is coming under more and more pressure as health minister to deliver but right now, the only thing the Queensland government are delivering when it comes to this pandemic with Canberra is excuses and I don’t think that’s going down very well at all.”

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