Budget shows Labor continues to bungle Health

15 Jun 2016 12:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Queensland Health continues to suffer under the flawed stewardship of Labor as they persistently splash the cash without having a real plan to achieve better outcomes for patients.

Shadow Health Minister John-Paul Langbroek said Labor is still bungling the management of Queensland Health and their only solution is to throw good money after bad.

“Labor’s latest budget shows wait times for patients are skyrocketing, and they clearly have no answer except to try to spend their way out of poor service delivery,” Mr Langbroek said.

“It’s all well and good to increase spending on Health, but it’s a hollow victory when outcomes continue to deteriorate under Labor.

“Over the last 12 months Labor has blown its Health budget by nearly $100 million, showing again Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government can’t manage taxpayer’s money.

“Under Labor Queenslanders are paying more and getting less, all the while patients continue to suffer.”

Mr Langbroek said wait times for Queensland Health patients are rising despite assurances from the Minister that waiting lists would be reduced.

“Under Labor wait times are increasing and lists are expected to hit nearly 250,000 by the end of this year,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Queensland’s Auditor General has warned that wait lists are growing again under Labor, and this budget confirms it.

“It’s the same old Labor when it comes to health - who could forget the multi-billion dollar health payroll bungle or the fake Tahitian prince?

“Health Minister Cameron Dick needs to do better. Queenslanders deserve better health services at a price they can afford.

“They clearly haven’t learnt from their past mistakes.”

Key Facts:

  • 39% of Category 1 (30 days) Specialist Out Patients waited longer than the clinically recommended time

  • 50% of Category 2 (90 days) Specialist Out Patients waited longer than the clinically recommended time

  • 26% of Category 3 (365 days) Specialist Out Patients waited longer than the clinically recommended time

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