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Queensland Health Crisis Deepens

12th October 2021

The Queensland Health Crisis is deepening after a second inquiry was launched into another Queensland Hospital.

It comes just days after the inquiry into allegations of botched surgeries at Caboolture Hospital was extended.

Queensland Health will now investigate serious complaints from women about complications in the obstetrics unit at Mackay Base Hospital.

Two inquiries across two hospitals is deeply concerning for Queenslanders who expect to receive proper healthcare.

Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said it was becoming increasingly clear that Labor was losing control of the health system.

“First it was Caboolture, now it’s Mackay,” Ms Bates said.

“Two major hospitals are now at the centre of shocking allegations which are now under review.

“As a nurse and former hospital administrator I know that patient care must be the top priority.

“All Queenslanders deserve a world-class health system no matter where they live and I’d encourage Queenslander to tell their stories.

“By speaking up, together we can heal the health system.

“We won’t stop fighting for Queenslanders being horribly let down by the health system.”

The investigation into Mackay Base Hospital, follows Queensland Health Crisis Town Halls in Cairns, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, the Sunshine Coast, Redcliffe, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli and Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates have met with patients, carers, nurses and whistle-blowers throughout the year.

Whitsunday MP Amanda Camm said health services were deteriorating across the region since Labor took office in 2015.

“Ambulance ramping has increased, surgery waitlists have blown out and patients are waiting longer in emergency departments,” Ms Camm said.

“I urge anyone in the Mackay/Whitsunday region who’ve got a complaint to come forward.

“We must work together to improve our hospitals and send a strong message to the State Government that we deserve a world-class health system.”