Toowoomba to host Queensland Health Crisis Town Hall

Bed shortages, hospital delays and chronic ambulance ramping will be the focus of the 28th Queensland Health Crisis Town Hall which will be hosted by the Opposition in Toowoomba on Monday.

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli will be joined by Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates, Shadow Treasurer and Toowoomba South MP David Janetzki and Toowoomba North MP Trevor Watts.

Mr Crisafulli said locals experiences of the health system would be taken straight to the floor of Parliament House.

“It takes a lot of bravery for people to stand up in a room full of strangers and share their stories about their health,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“But we need to hear these stories to push the government to act and heal the Queensland Health Crisis.

“This will be our 28th Queensland Health Crisis Town Hall and we’ll keep hosting these meetings across the state and will keep fighting for a better health system.

“After three terms in office, we know the State Government has given up on listening to Queenslanders.

“We will continue to shine a light on the problems facing patients and health professionals until the State Government admits its failures and accepts responsibility to heal the health crisis.”

Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said frontline staff across the state were struggling under the pressure of a broken system.

“Our hard-working doctors, nurses and allied health professionals are working themselves to exhaustion,” she said.

“As a nurse and former hospital administrator, I know how stressful it is for my colleagues on the front line.

“As a result of poor planning, the State Government has failed to increase the number of beds at hospitals and more and more Queenslanders are waiting longer for care.

“Queenslanders can no longer trust this Health Minister or the Palaszczuk Government.

“They deserve so much better.”

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