La­bor pledges to cut wait­ing times

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

LA­BOR has pledged $ 154 mil­lion to fur­ther re­duce spe­cial­ist hos­pi­tal wait­ing lists.

Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk made the an­nounce­ment at Townsville Hos­pi­tal’s chil­dren’s ward yes­ter­day, say­ing La­bor had al­ready sig­nif­i­cantly slashed wait­ing times since 2015.

“When we came into of­fice, over 104,000 peo­ple were wait­ing,” she said. “What we have seen over our huge in­vest­ment of over $ 361 mil­lion, we have been able to bring that list down to around 38,447.”

It is un­der­stood two thirds of that com­mit­ted will go to­wards ad­di­tional ap­point­ments and surg­eries, giv­ing GPs the op­tion to refer pa­tients to al­lied health ser­vices as an al­ter­na­tive to spe­cial­ists and speed­ing up the re­fer­ral process.

An IT plat­form would be cre­ated un­der a re­elected La­bor gov­ern­ment so pa­tients could book ap­point­ments them­selves and an app would also be built, al­low­ing doc­tors to switch to elec­tronic rather than pa­per and fax re­fer­rals.

Ms Palaszczuk slammed cost- cut­ting un­der the for­mer New­man gov­ern­ment.

“They sacked nurses. My gov­ern­ment in­vests in peo­ple,” she said.

The an­nounce­ment brings state La­bor’s health elec­tion prom­ises to $ 1 bil­lion. Ms Palaszczuk has re­fused to de­tail cost­ings, say­ing they will be re­leased be­fore Queens­lan­ders head to the polls, de­spite pre- polling open­ing yes­ter­day.

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