Labor’s latest waiting list scandal exposed

Friday, 10th July 2020

Gold Coast residents desperate for surgery have been left fuming after learning they’ve being pushed to the back of the waiting list at Gold Coast University Hospital, with little notice.

LNP Shadow Health Minister and Mudgeeraba MP Ros Bates said it’s a devastating blow for locals who’ve already suffered unacceptable delays.

“5188 patients on the Gold Coast are on Labor’s surgery wait list,” Ms Bates said.

“That’s an increase of 52% since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier.

“On the Gold Coast, there are 35,621 people waiting to see a specialist, including 16,797 category 3 patients.

“These aren’t just numbers on a spread sheet, these are real people, with real health issues and today I stand with the human face of Labor’s surgery wait list shame.

“Tani Bloudell’s story is just one of thousands across Queensland that reveals the dire state of Labor’s health system.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk promised better local health services but since the last state election, ramping has increased and is now at 35 per cent at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

“That is more than one in three patients waiting on ambulance stretchers for longer than 30 minutes – outside clinically recommended timeframes.

“Steven Miles spent two years bagging the LNP’s plan about partnering with the private sector to provide better patient care and then tried to adopt it.

“Labor aren’t focused on patient care, they are more interested in wasting taxpayer’s money renaming hospitals and ongoing major IT blowouts.

“Before Coronavirus hit, the Queensland health system was on its knees, with shocking waiting lists, record ambulance ramping rates and code yellows became the new normal.

“A vote for the LNP on October 31 is a vote for better health services, because we believe all Queenslanders deserve a world class health system no matter where they live.”

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