Shocking new figures have revealed thousands of patients have walked out of over-crowded emergency departments, across the state.
The Queensland Health data for March 2019 found 5841 patients left emergency departments without getting any treatment.
That’s a significant increase of 65% or 2300 patients, since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier in February 2015.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said patients are giving up after four years of failed Labor health policies.
“Many of our public hospitals are bursting at the seams thanks to Labor and it’s clearly impacting patient care,” Ms. Frecklington said.
“Our hard-working nurses, doctors and paramedics are doing the best they can, but they simply need more help on the frontline.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s priorities are all wrong, instead of investing in health she’d rather waste taxpayers’ money changing a hospital name and spend millions on botched IT programs.
“When it comes to managing our public health system, you can’t trust Labor.”
LNP Shadow Minister for Health Ros Bates said Labor’s health crisis is impacting patients across the whole state.
“Emergency departments are over-crowded, ambulance ramping has skyrocketed and surgery waiting times are blowing out, that’s the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s record,” Ms. Bates said.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to show some leadership and starting fixing our health system.
“The CEO of Metro South Hospital and Health Service Stephen Ayre was sacked last week, when it should have been Health Minister Dr. Dolittle Steven Miles.
“As a former ED nurse I know how stressful it can get and under Labor patients and staff deserve better.
“Only the LNP will fix ramping, boost beds, improve resources and restore confidence in the health system.”
Individual Health Services – ranked in order
- Metro North 946
- Gold Coast 850
- Metro South 740
- Cairns 535
- Darling Downs 402
- Sunshine Coast 376
- Townsville 340
- Central Qld 320
- Wide Bay 312
- West Moreton 279
- North West 240
- Mackay 166
- Children’s Health Qld 91
- Torres and Cape 70
- South West 56
- Central West 4
March 2019 data source – 5841 patients
Feb 2015 data source – 3546 patients