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Queensland’s elective surgery waitlist shame

29th July 2021

The Queensland health crisis is getting worse, with the latest statistics showing a blow out in surgery wait times with more than 55,000 Queenslanders left languishing.

Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates says Labor is losing control of the health system.

“These aren’t just numbers on a spreadsheet, these are honest Queenslanders desperate for surgery.

“The embattled health minister can’t fix ambulance ramping, surgery wait times are getting worse and the culture within Queensland Health has hit rock bottom.

“I will not stop fighting for the honest Queenslanders who are experiencing delays and cancellations to their elective surgery.

“As a nurse and former hospital administrator, I know how frustrating it is for our frontline staff who are under-resourced and under-appreciated by the state government.

“The LNP has put solutions on the table including more beds, better triaging and real time data monitoring.

“Across Queensland more than 55,000 patients are waiting for surgery and more than 13% aren’t seen on time.

“The numbers in areas including Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Cairns are extremely concerning.

“The LNP is on a crusade to heal the health system.

“We won’t stop fighting for a world class health system for all Queenslanders.”



March 2021 Quarter Data

Total number of patients waiting

% of patients not seen within clinically recommended timeframe