Waiting list accountability needed

The Queensland Opposition will introduce a Bill into Parliament in an attempt to hold the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government accountable and transparent when it comes to hospital waiting lists.

Shadow Minister for Health Mark McArdle said the Waiting List Integrity Bill 2015 was the only way to ensure Queenslanders would not find their way back to the bad old days of a Labor health system.

“It is the most open way to allay concerns of those patients stuck on a waiting list,” Mr McArdle said.

“It is vital wait time data is transparent and everyone is aware of just how much or how little the public health system is delivering for Queenslanders.

“The LNP inherited a mismanaged health system but was able to turn it around from being the worst in Australia to the best in Australia.”

The Bill aims to establish the Health Ombudsman as the independent reviewer of the clinical waiting times for Queensland patients in the public health system.

It also aims to ensure the Health Ombudsman deals with wait time matters in a transparent, accountable and public way and provide certainty in clinical waiting times for Queensland Public Hospital Patients.

“The Bill looks at establishing the Office of the Health Ombudsman as an independent body to review, and publish long wait time data and set out its functions and powers,” Mr McArdle said.

“Queensland Labor has an appalling track record when it comes to health creating nothing more than a payroll debacle, a fake Tahitian Prince and hidden waiting lists.

“This is a simple way for patients to know where they sit on waiting lists and to do it in a transparent and accountable fashion.

“Labor has always put its own political agenda, one dictated by unions, ahead of patient welfare but Queenslanders deserve better.

“I don’t believe Queenslanders voted to put the health system back onto life support.”

 

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