The Auditor-General has released a scathing report into Queensland’s emergency departments, vindicating and backing the LNP’s calls for critical improvements.
Regarding Queensland’s worsening ambulance ramping the report states, “this target has not been met at the statewide level in the past seven years.”
Just as damning, the report found “during the period from July 2020 to February 2021, only one of the top 26 reporting hospitals met the targets for both emergency length of stay and patient off-stretcher times.”
The Auditor-General has made several recommendations, including real-time data sharing and giving more power to local hospital and health services. These are LNP solutions.
“This is what we’ve been calling for to fix the worsening rate of ambulance ramping across the state,” Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli said.
“The LNP has repeatedly put solutions on the table – better triaging, more beds and the introduction of real-time data for emergency departments.
“It’s now up to the State Government to implement these vital measures and take real action to heal the Queensland Health Crisis.”
As a registered nurse and hospital administrator, Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates has welcomed the recommendations to give power back to frontline workers.
“I know how frustrating it is for frontline staff to work under immense pressure with a lack of resources,” Ms Bates said.
“That’s why we have repeatedly called for the State Government to make patient care the top priority, not hiding data.”
“This damning report clearly shows ambulance ramping has been a chronic problem in Queensland years before the pandemic.”