MPs invest in hospital wait times
NANANGO member Deb Frecklington has singled out the South Burnett as one community struggling to access health services.
She said wait list times for hospitals were blowing out and patients have to wait even longer now.
"The cancellation of elective surgery will especially effect people from the South Burnett, many of whom have already been waiting for up to a year or more for their surgery,” Ms Frecklington said.
"I feel for those who have travelled to Toowoomba, Ipswich or Brisbane for their surgery this week, only to be told it's been cancelled.”
This comes after the Palaszczuk Government approved of up to $3 million to assist with the current unprecedented and unseasonal demand being experienced by South East Queensland hospital emergency departments.
Health and Ambulance Services minister Steven Miles said the hospitals were experiencing high demand.
"The message I want Queenslanders to know in the South East is; if it's an emergency always go to an emergency department, but please keep emergency departments for emergencies only,” he said.
"Hospitals are open for emergencies but it's important people understand that the most critical people will be seen first.”
The $3 million allocation will be used to provide extra capacity to help relieve pressure.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said emergency departments were facing very heavy pressure across South East Queensland.
"Our outstanding clinicians are working hard to ensure people are treated and admitted where required in a timely manner, but non-emergency and less severe type presentations make it harder for us to do that,” she said.
Dr Young said there was no single cause for the unprecedented, unseasonal spike in emergency department presentations.
Ms Frecklington said the Labor Palaszczuk Government has a health crisis on their hands.
"She has wasted nearly half a million dollars of taxpayers' money changing a hospital name in Brisbane, instead of fixing the health crisis,” she said.
"Under Labor, hospitals are bursting at the seams, ramping has soared, regional maternity wards shut, and expectant mum's in the bush have been handed third-world-style DIY birthing kits.”