Labor delays Toowoomba hospital upgrade

The important upgrade to Toowoomba Hospital has been disgracefully put on the backburner by Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor Government.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the business case for the Toowoomba Hospital Redevelopment was due in 2016, but a Question on Notice revealed it had been pushed back to 2019 (attached).

“Toowoomba Hospital’s emergency department currently struggles with extended waiting times and overcrowding, but Labor are in no hurry to make a decision on the hospital redevelopment to help the region,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The project won’t move into the detailed design phase until the business case is done, which means the people who rely on Toowoomba hospital will be forced to wait years for this important project to get started.

“Queenslanders deserve a world-class health system no matter where they live.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are too busy worrying about hospital upgrades in southeast Queensland and are not focused on supporting rural and regional healthcare.

“Unfortunately, Labor aren’t delivering and our public health system is lurching back to the dark old days under Anna Bligh.”

Ms Frecklington said Queensland Health hospital performance data showed elective surgery wait times were blowing out.

“Since Labor were elected, the median wait time for elective surgery has almost doubled from 28 days to 50 days,” she said.

“More patients aren’t being seen within clinically recommended times, putting their health and recovery at risk.”

Toowoomba Hospital (latest Queensland Health hospital performance data)

  • Ambulance Ramping at 8%
  • 32% of Emergency Department patients not seen within clinically recommended times
  • Median elective surgery wait time is 59 days, an increase of 44% under Labor.

Source: http://www.performance.health.qld.gov.au/hospitalperformance/default.aspx

Building Qld:http://buildingqueensland.qld.gov.au/projects/toowoomba-hospital-redevelopment/

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