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Release the Satellite ‘Hospital’ data

6 January 2024

Queenslanders deserve to know how Satellite ‘Hospitals’ are performing in the middle of the Queensland Health Crisis.

The Opposition has called on the State Labor Government to be open and honest with Queenslanders, release the data and rename these suburban medical facilities.

Currently, there is no performance data for Ripley, Redland, Caboolture or Tugun.

The missing information includes number of attendances, patients seen within clinically recommended times and the percentage of patients who did not wait for treatments.

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli said Queenslanders deserved to know the truth about the performance of these facilities and for them to be named appropriately.

“This is about transparency and accountability,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“The Opposition has already committed to releasing data in real time within the first 100 days if we form government and I am now committing this will include these suburban medical hubs.

“Only the LNP has the right priorities for Queensland’s future and that includes easier access to health services like these suburban clinics. We’ve also 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.”

Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said the Health Minister must immediately release the figures.

“Shannon Fentiman has failed the leadership and transparency test by refusing to release this crucial information,” Ms Bates said.

“How can you improve the health system if you don’t face up to scrutiny?

“These facilities aren’t open 24/7 and they don’t have emergency department beds, so calling them hospitals is misleading and dangerous.

“Queenslanders are being turned away from these medical facilities because they think they’re hospitals and we now know the Labor Government isn’t even prepared to share their performance data with Queenslanders.

“There is confusion within the community and that’s why we’ve repeatedly called on the Health Minister to rename them.

“The State Labor Government is in chaos and crisis and after nine years in office they’ve failed to properly plan and resource the health system.

“As a registered nurse and a former Hospital Administrator, I know our dedicated frontline staff are exhausted and work double shifts to keep the health system on the rails and ensure patient care is the top priority.”