Our Plan for Better Health & Education – Reduce Waiting Lists

THE PROBLEM

Our emergency department wait times are blowing out, with the latest figures indicating almost onethird of all patients are not being seen within clinically recommended times.

For some patients, that means not being seen within two hours of arriving at hospital. At Logan 50% of patients aren’t seen on time, at Redland it’s 45% and at the Gold Coast University Hospital it’s 30%.

In Logan, the local health network says that the situation is unlikely to improve until there are more beds and yet Labor won’t be opening more until 2022.

Ambulance ramping is back as well, with 23% of patients left waiting in the back of ambulances for longer than 30 minutes, as of March 2018.

We’ve also seen the public dental wait list blow out by over 100 days in one year.

This means Queenslanders are now waiting more than 400 days for general dental treatment.

Elective surgery wait times have blown out under Labor, with the median wait time almost doubling since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier.

OUR SOLUTION

The LNP will re-focus our public health system on patient outcomes and ensure better health services are provided to Queenslanders.

We will partner with the private sector to slash waiting lists and ensure elective surgery is completed in medically recommended timeframes.

We will also ensure dental wait lists are reduced by increasing options for available care.

This is part of our plan to improve frontline health services and ensure our public health system is improving patient care by helping Queenslanders when they need it most.

We will ensure that the Surgery Connect program is reviewed as part of this initiative.

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