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Health Crisis Town Hall arrives on the Gold Coast

The Opposition’s fight for better healthcare continues today, with Pimpama hosting the latest LNP Health Crisis Town Hall.

The successful format has seen hundreds of honest Queenslanders from across the state share their horror stories about Queensland Health.

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli says the stories have been incredibly moving.

“The LNP is on a crusade to heal the health system,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“Surgery wait times are getting longer, ambulance ramping is getting worse and the culture within Queensland Health is crumbling.

“Labor is losing control of the health system.

“Cuts are being made to the frontline at a time service levels are in crisis.

“The LNP has put several solutions on the table including better triaging, more beds and introducing real time data for emergency departments.

“Following meetings throughout the state, some locals had finally received the treatment they deserved.

“These individual wins show the power of shining a light on a sick system.

“What we need now is to harness this attention to ensure the repair of the entire system for every Queenslander.”

Shadow Health Minister and Mudgeeraba MP Ros Bates says the Gold Coast is the epicentre of ambulance ramping in Queensland.

“Half of all patients taken to Gold Coast University Hospital are forced to wait in the back of an ambulance longer than the clinically recommended time,” Ms Bates said.

“The Health Minister is so humiliated with the ramping crisis, she’s now hiding monthly ramping data from Queenslanders.

“Surgery wait lists and Emergency Department wait times at GCUH have also increased.

“As a nurse and former hospital administrator, I know how frustrating it is for our hard working frontline staff who desperate for more resources.

“The LNP’s Health Crisis Town Hall in Pimpama today will give locals the chance to share their frustrations about ramping, waitlists and surgery delays.

“The LNP is committed to fixing the health system because honest Queenslanders deserve the best healthcare no matter where they live.”

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