Gold Coast patients to wait longer under Labor

11 Mar 2015 9:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Gold Coast MP’s have slammed Labor’s move to axe the LNP’s successful Wait Time Guarantee, fearing locals will miss out on getting necessary surgery on time.

Member for Surfers Paradise and Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek said the Palaszczuk Government’s decision to scrap the Wait Time Guarantee showed a blatant disregard for patient wellbeing.

“The new Palaszczuk Government is putting politics before patients,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Labor’s track record says it all – when elected in 2012, our health system was in crisis; patients were suffering from long waiting lists, and mismanagement meant that our patients weren’t getting the services they needed,” he said.

“Thanks to the LNP’s Wait Time Guarantee, Gold Coasters are now healthier than they have ever been, with 100 percent of patients receiving their surgery on time at Robina and Gold Coast University Hospitals in February across all categories – urgent, semi-urgent and non-urgent.

“It just doesn’t make any sense why Labor would want to scrap Australia’s first surgery guarantee, especially when it is already delivering for patients.”

Shadow Health Minister, Mark McArdle urged Health Minister Cameron Dick to reverse his decision and put patients first by ensuring the Wait Time Guarantee continued.

“These results speak for themselves, the Wait Time Guarantee is working, patients are receiving necessary surgery on time,” he said.

“The LNP dramatically reduced the number of patients waiting longer than medically recommended for their surgery and local families simply cannot afford to let Minister Dick take us back to the bad old days of the health system under Labor.”

Mr McArdle called on the government to stop listening to union bosses and start listening to doctors and their patients.

“Doctors and patients want the Wait Time Guarantee to continue so it beggars belief how the Health Minister could even dream of cutting it – especially without an alternative,” he said.

“Labor has no plan for the economy and no plan for surgery. They are making it up on the run.

“The LNP took Queensland’s health system from the bottom of the pack to the best in Australia in three short years.

“Now Labor is taking us back down a familiar path. Queenslanders deserve better than hidden waiting lists, payroll bungles and Tahitian Princes.”

Australia’s first elective surgery guarantee, modeled on the health systems of Scandinavia, started on 1 February this year.

Under this initiative if Hospitals and Health Services can’t provide treatment within the medically recommended time, patients are offered the next available appointment in a public or private hospital in the state at no cost to the patient.

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