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State Government must listen to health solutions

Shadow Minister for Health Ros Bates

The LNP is urging the State Government to introduce immediate and genuine solutions to the fix the Queensland Health Crisis.

Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said the health system has been in decline for the past 7 years and the State Government isn’t keeping up with population growth and demand.

“For more than a year the LNP has been putting forward positive solutions to fix the Queensland Health Crisis,” Ms Bates said.

“The LNP has been pushing for real time data in our hospitals, improving triaging, an investment in more beds, and empowering front line clinicians to make local decisions to ensure hospitals run smoothly.

“The Premier fails to consult when making decisions and is only interested in controlling how things look, not how things are.

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

“Under this government ambulance ramping has soared, ED department wait times are through the roof and the surgery waiting lists have ballooned.   “All of this was happening before COVID came to Queensland. 

“The Gold Coast is today short 420 beds and will rise to 731 beds by 2031.

“The LNP has been pressuring the State Government about the need for a new hospital on the northern Gold Coast.

“This region only has 1.87 beds per 1000 population, which is well behind the national rate of 2.5 beds per 1000 people.

“Our dedicated doctors, nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals are the ones holding our hospitals together while the State Government fails to properly resource them.

“Our health workers are doing an incredible job while Labor is losing control of our hospitals.

“This State Government is more interested with how things look rather than fixing the Health Crisis.

“Frontline staff are exhausted.

“The LNP will not stop fighting for better patient care and properly resourcing our hospitals.”

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