La­bor says it cut wait times

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS - NewsRe­gional

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.

PHOTO: AAP

PLEDGE: Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk at Townsville Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day.

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