DEPUTY Premier John Barilaro said he's not going to criticise Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's decision to effectively block Mungindi residents on the NSW side of the border from accessing the closest hospital.
"At the end of the day, everyone is trying and she has made a decision to protect Queenslanders from a major outbreak," he said.
"There has been some level of incursion from NSW into QLD in the past and I can understand those decisions.
"I think the decision about the hospital and health services is wrong, we've always had a different view there but the cross-border commissioner and my agency are in conversation with the QLD Department of Premier and Cabinet."
People have been left without access to medical care as elderly residents are given the boot.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall calls the decision "draconian and heartless".
"Close your eyes and imagine, just for a moment, that half of the Mungindi community is without potable water, with no working sewerage system and no garbage services," he said.
"This is not a terrible nightmare, it would be the reality if we, on the southern side of the border, behaved how the QLD Government is right now toward us."
Moree Plains Shire Council pays for and delivers those services.
QLD Health maintains consideration was given to ensure the protection of the community while providing public health services.
"It is essential that COVID-19 is kept out of south-west communities as significant community transmission continues across NSW," a QLD Health spokesman said.
Mr Marshall said the QLD Government has "trashed the efforts of the last 200 years of working together".
"Together, we must continue to fight this draconian and heartless decision with everything we've got. If we do, I know we will win," he said.
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