Emer­gency cri­sis

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

DE­SPITE the best ef­forts of Queens­land’s doc­tors, nurses and paramedics, lat­est health sta­tis­tics sug­gest a cri­sis in

our emer­gency rooms.

In Fe­bru­ary, one in three emer­gency depart­ment pa­tients were left in the back of am­bu­lances or wait­ing on stretch­ers in hos­pi­tal hall­ways.

At the Gold Coast, Lo­gan, Red­lands and Ip­swich hos­pi­tals the sta­tis­tics showed half of ED pa­tients not be­ing seen within clin­i­cally rec­om­mended time­frames.

Queens­lan­ders de­serve a world-class health sys­tem and the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment just isn’t de­liv­er­ing.

Sadly, be­hind these sta­tis­tics in a spread­sheet are real peo­ple in emer­gen­cies strug­gling to get the health­care they need.

For the past three years Health Min­is­ter Steven Miles and be­fore him Cameron Dick blamed Queens­lan­ders for

be­ing too sick or the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

If Queens­lan­ders aren’t get­ting the med­i­cal treat­ment they need in pub­lic hos­pi­tals the buck stops with An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk.

When will this now se­cond-term Premier take re­spon­si­bil­ity for do­ing the job Queens­lan­ders pay her to do? — Ros Bates, LNP Shadow

Health Min­is­ter

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