The LNP is calling for the terms of reference into shocking allegations of botched surgery and abuse at Caboolture Hospital to immediately be expanded with an assurance that it will be independent.
Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said the Labor Government’s review was inadequate and would not guarantee a full and thorough investigation into the claims brought by several patients, doctors and nurses.
In a letter to Health Minister Yvette D’Ath, Ms Bates called for immediate changes to the terms of reference saying it was not satisfactory in its current form.
Ms Bates identified three key aspects that required change.
Ms Bates said openness, transparency and accountability was critical.
“The people of Caboolture must be heard,” Ms Bates said.
“They must also have confidence that patient safety at the Caboolture Hospital has not been compromised.
“Queenslanders need to trust our public health system, knowing that when they attend one of our hospitals, they will receive the very best care.
“I’m urgently calling on the Health Minister to amend the terms of reference and to guarantee its independence.
“The people of Caboolture deserve better from this government.”
“I am truly saddened to hear the news of the passing of local Cherbourg icon Uncle Bevan Costello,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“My husband Jason and I send our sincerest sympathies to his family and the Cherbourg community.
“This is a devastating loss for Cherbourg and I pass on my gratitude for the work Uncle Bevan has done across so many groups and organisations including 30 years as Deputy Principal at Cherbourg State School and the Barambah campus of Arethusa College, two terms on the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, founding member of the Ration Shed and the Muran Djan Centre for Cherbourg Men.
“Most recently I met with Uncle Bevan in his role as Chair of the Barambah Local Justice Group where he highlighted key issues affecting the people of Cherbourg.
“He was passionate in this role, and also as a member of the Qld Sentencing Advisory Council and as a JP Magistrate on the Murri Court.
“Uncle Bevan Costello is one of those people that everyone who met remembered. I know that he will be remembered with absolute fondness by so many people across Queensland—not only in Cherbourg, Murgon and the South Burnett district but across the wider Indigenous community across Queensland.
“May you rest in peace, Uncle Bevan.”
Link: Deb’s speech in Parliament 15th September 2021 - https://tv.parliament.qld.gov.au/?reference=0Mba20210915_210921
The Opposition has delivered on its promise to give Queenslanders affected by the Queensland Health Crisis a voice on the floor of Parliament.
The Opposition has ramped up pressure on the state government in Question Time after more harrowing stories about substandard healthcare at Caboolture Hospital came to light.
More than 50 locals attended the LNP’s Queensland Health Crisis Town Hall in Caboolture last week.
Opposition Leader David Crisafulli and Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates heard first-hand accounts by patients of alleged botched surgeries, malpractice and substandard care.
Mr Crisafulli promised to take their stories directly to the government on the floor of Parliament.
“I made a promise to those brave people that their stories would be told on the floor of Parliament, and we did just that,” Mr Crisafulli said.
“Their stories were distressing.
“They deserve answers.
“We won’t stop demanding the state government to fix Caboolture Hospital.
“Caboolture locals want a hospital they can be proud of.
“Concerns have also been raised about Moranbah Hospital, in Central Queensland.
“Regional Queenslanders no matter where they live, deserve a world class health system and we won’t stop highlighting these problems until they’re fixed.”
Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said problems plagued Caboolture Hospital before COVID.
“Ambulance ramping has soared to 38% at Caboolture Hospital,” Ms Bates said.
“When the LNP left government it was 24%.
“Currently, 528 patients are waiting for elective surgery.
“As a nurse and former hospital administrator, I know how frustrating it is for hard working frontline staff who are over-worked and under-resourced.
“Labor is losing control of the health system.”
A Health Crisis Town Hall in Caboolture has heard harrowing stories from locals desperate for the State Government to fix the ailing health system.
Residents packed into the Caboolture Showgrounds to share their stories following alarming allegations of malpractice and botched surgeries at Caboolture Hospital.
The room also heard about the impacts of worsening ambulance ramping and lengthening surgery waitlists.
The meeting was chaired by Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli.
Mr Crisafulli thanked the brave locals who spoke up and shared their distressing stories in the name of fixing the Health Crisis.
“What is clear, is a desire for change,” Mr Crisafulli said.
“Labor is losing control of the health system.
“The LNP has put solutions on the table for the State Government to adopt including real-time data monitoring, better resources for triaging and more funding on the front line.
“The allegations about botched surgeries at the Caboolture Hospital are very concerning.
“The investigation into the horrific claims of alleged botched surgeries and abuse at Caboolture Hospital must be open and transparent.”
Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said patient care must be the top priority.
“We are here to listen and find solutions,” Ms Bates said.
“Together we can fix health care in Queensland.
“The Opposition will continue to host these Town Halls across the state, because all Queenslanders deserve an opportunity to be heard.
“As a nurse and former hospital administrator, I know how stressful it can be when our frontline staff are over-worked and under-resourced.
“All Queenslanders deserve a world-class health system no matter where they live.”
The LNP has so far this year hosted Queensland Health Crisis Town Halls in Cairns, Rockhampton, Caloundra, Redcliffe, Caboolture, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast.
Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says that in the wake of the Nanango Electorate being ranked as the region with the second highest road fatalities in the State, there is more bad news with one of the South Burnett’s worst bridges, GS Bond Bridge (on the Chinchilla-Wondai Road), having its funding removed.
Mrs Frecklington said GS Bond Bridge is a dangerous bridge desperately in need of complete replacement and realignment.
“GS Bond Bridge is a bad bridge and there was hope several years ago when it was listed for a $13million overhaul,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“However, in this year’s Qld Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP), the funding for GS Bond Bridge has disappeared.
“We have been told the funding has been removed and will go towards other ‘higher priority’ projects to progress.
“The GS Bond Bridge should be a very high priority, given it is a very narrow bridge with inadequate signage, no safety railings, and low visibility and limited room on its approaches.
“It is a school bus route and I’ve talked with parents with children at Durong South State School who are very concerned about the safety of this bridge.
“Unfortunately, this story is all too common, with another dangerous bridge, the single-lane Tanduringie Creek Bridge on the Kingaroy-Cooyar Road, in the same situation. It has received no funding despite desperate calls from myself and the community after a near tragedy involving the school bus and truck.
“The list of bad bridges in our region goes on, with Running Creek Bridge on the Brooweena-Woolooga Road (the bridge that burnt down), the Wide Bay Creek Bridge (reduced to one lane and lowered speed limit) and Coppermine Creek Bridge (single-lane) bridges on Kilkivan-Tansey Road all in desperate need of complete replacement.
“Once again, I implore the Labor Government to look at the very high road statistics in our region and what is blatantly obvious - our regional roads need urgent funding to make them safe.
“Our communities need confidence in their road network to know they can travel to work, drop their kids off at school or drive their truck to market without worrying if they’ll return to their families at the end of the day,” Deb said.
Photo: Bad Bridge 1 – At GS Bond Bridge on the Boyne River with Durong South State School P&C President Bec Seiler (left) and P&C member Natalie Gordon
Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says the RACQ statistics revealing the Nanango Electorate as the second highest region for road fatalities so far this year is heartbreaking.
Mrs Frecklington said the tragedy that is unfolding on our region’s roads is leaving families torn apart, with 10 fatalities in the region between January and July 2021.
“It seems like each time you see the news, there has been another fatality, or serious accident in our region,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“And we have to remember that these statistics only count the people who have lost their lives. There are many more who are injured and incapacitated in these accidents and who will endure a lifetime of suffering.
“Sadly however, I don’t think anyone from my Electorate would be surprised by these figures.
“We have known for a long time that many of our state-controlled roads are unsafe and that there has been a chronic neglect of regional road upgrades and maintenance under Labor.
“I have been continually asking for road funding for our key regional roads, but the response is always the same from Labor - our regional roads are not a priority and there is no funding.
“Unfortunately, that statistics don’t lie and the RACQ breakdown highlights that state-controlled roads in regions like Nanango, Callide and Burnett are being overlooked for funding. This is having terrible consequences for too many people who are losing their lives on our local roads.
“Statewide we know the backlog on state-controlled roads has blown out from $4 billion to $6 billion.
“The Auditor-General also forecast that our maintenance backlog would grow to $9 billion this decade, but at the current rate, it will be well over $10 billion.
“I implore the Labor Government to look at these statistics and what is blatantly obvious - our regional roads need urgent funding to make them safe.
“Our communities need confidence in their road network to know they can travel to work, drop their kids off at school or drive their truck to market without worrying if they’ll return to their families at the end of the day,” Mrs Frecklington said.