Opposition Leader David Crisafulli speaks outside Mackay Base Hospital.

Mackay needs answers on health crisis

Pressure continues to mount on the State Government to improve Mackay Hospital, following the suspension of the Director of Medical Services, a review into obstetrics and gynaecology, allegations of surgical malpractice and the worrying findings from the Auditor-General’s report.

It comes after Mackay Hospital and Health Service released its annual report this week which shows:

1) Failed to meet its own target to treat Category 1 elective surgery patients within 30 days. Target: 98%, Result: 88%

2) Missed its own target for the number of Category 1 patients seen by a specialist for an initial referral within the clinically recommended timeframe. Target: 81%, Result: 68%

3) Did not meet its own target to transfer 80% of patients out of the Emergency Department within 4 hours of their arrival.
Target: 80%, Result: 75%

Speaking outside Mackay Base Hospital today, Opposition Leader David Crisafulli said the situation was deeply concerning.

“The stories locals told us at the Mackay Health Crisis Town Hall in Octoberwere real and moving,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“I thank them for bravely speaking up and forcing change.

“The review into Mackay Hospital must be full, thorough and independent so we can get to the bottom of the issues and drive cultural change.

“We are going to keep fighting to give the people of Mackay the health system they deserve.

“We are going to get justice for those people who’ve been horribly let down.

“Labor is losing control of the health system and the data* in Mackay isn’t improving.

“The number of Queenslanders shoved onto the waiting-list-for-the-waiting list has hit a record high of 245,000 patients.

“This isn’t the fault of our hard-working staff, it’s a reflection on the resources and Brisbane knows best culture the State Government has overseen.

“The LNP has put solutions on the table including real time data monitoring for patients and GP’s, empowering local doctors and nurses to make more decisions, improving triaging and invest in more beds.

“Our hospitals are going to face challenges in 2022 and Queenslanders are rightly asking what has the State Government been doing to prepare the system for this demand.

“The State Government needs to start listening to doctors and nurses, the AMAQ and work with the Opposition to give all Queenslanders the world class health system they deserve.”

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