Wait time axe ap­palling

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

LA­BOR’S move to axe the LNP’s hugely suc­cess­ful Wait Time Guar­an­tee is sim­ply ap­palling. Un­der the Wait Time Guar­an­tee ini­tia­tive, if hos­pi­tals and health ser­vices can’t pro­vide treat­ment within the med­i­cally rec­om­mended time, pa­tients are of­fered the next avail­able ap­point­ment in a public or pri­vate hos­pi­tal in the state at no cost to the pa­tient. The re­sults of this Wait Time Guar­an­tee ini­tia­tive speak for them­selves – more Queens­land pa­tients are get­ting elec­tive surgery on time. The fig­ures show that the LNP dramatically re­duced the num­ber of pa­tients wait­ing

I will stand up with this com­mu­nity to fight for the health ser­vices you de­serve.

longer than med­i­cally rec­om­mended for their surgery. In Fe­bru­ary, the first month of the Wait Time Guar­an­tee, the Bund­aberg Hos­pi­tal posted out­stand­ing re­sults, with 100% of pa­tients re­ceiv­ing their surgery on time across all cat­e­gories – ur­gent, semi-ur­gent and non-ur­gent. I can­not un­der­stand why La­bor would want to scrap Australia’s first surgery guar­an­tee, par­tic­u­larly when it is al­ready de­liv­er­ing for pa­tients. To top it off, now the Health Min­is­ter has scrapped the LNP’s fully costed com­mit­ment to fund a heated hy­drother­apy pool for the Childers com­mu­nity. I am bit­terly dis­ap­pointed by the Health Min­is­ter’s lack of re­gard for this com­mu­nity. It is bla­tantly clear he is play­ing pol­i­tics with the well-be­ing of pa­tients. The Health Min­is­ter has turned his back on the Childers com­mu­nity, and I will stand up with this com­mu­nity to fight for the health ser­vices you de­serve. You will not be ig­nored. STEPHEN BENNETT MP MEM­BER FOR BUR­NETT

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