Report will do nothing to fix Queensland’s Health Crisis

Queenslanders deserve a world-class health system no matter where they live.

The “Unleashing the Potential: an open and equitable health system” report released by the Health Minister doesn’t provide any solutions towards fixing the Queensland Health Crisis.

It doesn’t even provide a timeline for recommendations to be implemented.

All Queenslanders want to see is a better healthcare system in Queensland.

The Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts continues to call for upgraded facilities in Toowoomba.

“The population of our region has outgrown the built environment of the Toowoomba Hospital.

“We know that over $7.5million dollars are spent per year on Toowoomba patients who are forced to travel to get health services elsewhere.

“We are the second largest inland city in Australia, yet we do not have the hospital to service those people.”

There are no practical, tangible solutions in this report that could be implemented right now to fix the Queensland Health Crisis.

Queensland is in the grip of an ambulance ramping crisis, the likes of which we have never seen before.

Queenslanders have died in the arms of their loved ones waiting for an ambulance to arrive. The stories are harrowing and tragic.

This report doesn’t even mention the ambulance ramping crisis. Not once.

It talks about delivering equitable healthcare, yet in rural and regional Queensland, dozens of birthing suites have been shut down by successive Labor Governments.

Just last week a baby was born on the side of the Warrego Highway because the local birthing suite was shut.

How is that fair or equitable for expectant mums in the bush?

The State Government can’t just keep talking about these problems and hoping they’ll go away.

The problems plaguing Queensland Health are too big for that.

The State Labor Government is losing control of Queensland Health and Queenslanders are paying the price because of their inaction and unwillingness to fix the Queensland Health Crisis.

Queenslanders deserve better from this government.

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