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New Data Exposes Dire Picture For Queenslanders

6 November 2023

New data exposes dire picture for Queenslanders
More patients wait as surgery waitlist soars to historic high
Ramping remains chronically high and worst in nation
Labor fails to heal Queensland Health Crisis

New Queensland Health data released today has exposed the Queensland Health Crisis continues to worsen under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

Data released today reveals ambulance ramping remains significantly worse than the same time two years ago and close to three-times higher than when the Palaszczuk Labor Government was first elected.

Shockingly, elective surgery waitlists have soared again and are now the longest on record for the September quarter under this Government.

Key health metrics for the September quarter include:

  • 43% Ambulance ramping, with 44.9% in July, 43.8% in August and 40.6% in September.
  • 59,014 patients on the elective surgery waitlist, the worst reported for the September quarter under this Government.
  • 276,002 patients waiting for specialist appointments, higher than September 2021.

Only Labor would attempt to dress-up these dismal results as anything other than a disaster and an indictment on Minister Fentiman.

Shannon Fentiman must answer key questions about the Queensland Health Crisis:

  • When will ambulance ramping return to the 15% her Government inherited?
  • When will elective surgeries return to 30,000 patients?
  • When will the number of patients spending more than a day in Emergency Departments fall below the thousands we continue to see each year?

Shadow Health Minister and Registered Nurse Ros Bates said it was clear the health system was still flatlining and there was no end to the Queensland Health Crisis in sight.

“Today we’ve learned the Queensland Health Crisis continues to deepen under the Palaszczuk Labor Government and Queenslanders continue to pay the price,” Ms Bates said.

“Queenslanders experiencing the failures of the health system first-hand know the Queensland Health Crisis isn’t improving and want answers.

“These results are not the fault of our hardworking health professionals, they are the result of a Government in chaos and crisis, failing to resource and run our health system.

“It’s a priority for Queenslanders to be able to rely on their health system and know when they call for an ambulance, when they need surgery or when they need to see a specialist, they’ll get the help they need.

“It’s Queenslanders’ priority, which is why it’s our priority.

“Only the LNP has the Right Priorities for Queensland’s Future.

“The LNP has put solutions on the table to heal the Queensland Health Crisis including better resources, better triaging, sharing data in real-time and putting doctors and nurses back in charge to improve patient care.”