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Waiting and Rotting - Queensland’s dental waitlist blowout worsens

30th July 2021
  • 162,000 Queenslanders desperate for an appointment
  • 73,929 patients in Brisbane and Ipswich

The shocking state of Queensland’s dental wait list has been exposed, with new statistics revealing a disturbing number of people aren’t getting treated.

Queensland Health says 162,133 patients were on the dental wait list last month, with 73,929 in Brisbane and Ipswich.

Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates says the Labor government is losing control of Queensland’s dental wait list.

“Honest Queenslanders have nothing to smile about,” Ms Bates said.

“More people are waiting and more teeth are rotting.

“Every Queenslander deserves to see a dentist without having to wait years to secure an appointment.

“There is a long and sad history of the state government’s inability to deliver basic services, in Brisbane but across the entire state.

“When the LNP was last in government, the dental wait list was slashed from 60,000 to zero, thanks largely to a dental voucher system.

“The current wait list is jam-packed and I have zero confidence that the embattled Health Minister has what it takes to bring it under control.

“Under Labor, ambulance ramping is out of control, more patients are left waiting in emergency departments, elective surgery wait lists are growing rapidly and now thousands of Queenslanders can’t see a dentist.

“Queenslanders deserve a world class health system, but under Labor it’s a rotten failure.”

 

 

HHS

Cities/towns

Total People Waiting June 2021

Cairns HHS

Cairns

13218

Central QLD HHS

Rockhampton and Gladstone

9313

Central West HHS

Longreach

807

Darling Downs HHS

Toowoomba

11075

Gold Coast HHS

Gold Coast

12606

Mackay HHS

Mackay

6952

Metro North HHS

North Brisbane

28118

Metro South HHS

South Brisbane

33870

North West HHS

Mt Isa

1529

South West HHS

Roma

2759

Sunshine Coast HHS

Sunshine Coast / Gympie

16511

Torres and Cape

Cairns

1067

Townsville HHS

Townsville

3205

West Moreton HHS

Ipswich

11941

Wide Bay

Bundaberg, Maryborough and Hervey Bay

102