Labor says it cut wait times
LABOR says it will spend millions to cut specialist waiting times, but the LNP has blamed long waiting lists on the government.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a $154 million package yesterday to “maintain downward pressure” on specialist waiting lists.
“The public health system will always feel the pressure of increasing demand. What Labor has done in government has been to ensure Queenslanders have access to some of the best health services in the world,” she said. “My government has worked hard to rebuild our health system after the damage caused by Campbell Newman, Tim Nicholls and their LNP government.”
But shadow health minister John-Paul Langbroek said the government had set the state’s health system back.
“We have an ambulance ramping crisis with a third of all patients being ramped on the back of stretchers waiting for longer than 30 minutes to get into an emergency department,” he said.
“Under do-nothing Labor, our hospitals are suffering significant bed block with almost half of all patients left waiting more than four hours to get out of the ED and into a hospital bed.”
But Ms Palaszczuk said her government had invested in frontline health jobs and already reduced wait times.
“Under the LNP, there were 5135 patients waiting longer than four years for a specialist appointment. On July 1, 2017, under our strategy that number had fallen to just 27 patients – a decrease of 99.5 per cent – almost all of whom now have an appointment,” she said.
PLEDGE: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at Townsville Hospital yesterday.