Shocking statistics show Gold Coast hospital in crisis
Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Mudgeeraba MP and LNP Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said shocking Queensland Health data on Emergency Department performance paint a disturbing picture of a hospital system in crisis on the Gold Coast.

“The latest statistics from Queensland Health show almost fifty per cent of Gold Coast locals presenting for care at the Gold Coast University Hospital aren’t being seen in clinically recommended timeframes,” Ms Bates said.

“Just as worrying is that almost a third of patients have to wait more than half an hour in the back of ambulance before they even make it into the Emergency Department.

“The government’s own data is clear evidence of a health system in crisis after three years of lazy mismanagement by Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor.

“And today, in classic Labor buck-passing, new Health Minister Steven Miles has the hide to issue a media release effectively blaming the problem on patient’s for falling ill – what a sick joke.

“The people of the Gold Coast deserve a world-class health system and Labor isn’t working to deliver the services we need.

“As a registered nurse I understand that our hard-working nurses, doctors and paramedics need more assistance to improve wait times and targeted resources to provide better health services for Queenslanders.

“Unfortunately it’s back to the bad old days and our public hospital system is failing Queenslanders.

“We have a health crisis on our hands here on the Gold Coast and it’s time for lazy Labor to get on with the job and start working.”

Key facts

· Ambulance ramping (20% of Queenslanders not transferred off an ambulance stretcher within 30 minutes)
· 32% of patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times

Gold Coast University Hospital
· Ambulance ramping (31% of patients not transferred off an ambulance stretcher within 30 minutes)
· Almost half of all patients (45% of patients) NOT seen within clinically recommended times