Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington has called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to start delivering a world-class health system for Queenslanders.
“Our public health system is lurching back to the dark old days when Anna Bligh wanted a major restructure of Queensland Health and labelled it a basket case,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Elective surgery wait times are blowing out, our emergency departments are under severe strain and ambulance ramping continues to rise.
“Today’s SOS from our doctors comes as no surprise and it’s clear that our public health system is in crisis.
“Bed shortages, hospital mismanagement and doctor bullying all impact patient care and mean that our most experienced doctors are fleeing in droves.”
Ms Frecklington said there was a record new funding agreement on the table from the Commonwealth, but Queensland was one of only two states that hasn’t signed up.
“It will mean more than $29 billion for Queensland in the five years to 2024/25, an increase of almost $7.5 billion or 34%,” Ms Frecklington said.
“This is the highest percentage increase of any state. There is record funding coming from Canberra that Annastacia Palaszczuk continues to ignore.
“This new funding can help recruit more nurses, doctors and paramedics and alleviate bed shortages.
“There is record funding coming from Canberra but Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are putting politics ahead of Queensland patients.
“Queenslanders deserve a government that is focused on better services, not petty games and political spin.”