Powell Media Release – Labor slammed for cutting Wait Time Guarantee (11 March 2015)

Andrew Powell MP
Member for Glass House

11 March 2015
Labor slammed for cutting Wait Time Guarantee

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, has slammed Labor’s move to axe the LNP’s hugely successful Wait Time Guarantee.

Mr Powell said Health Minister Cameron Dick was playing politics with patient wellbeing and urged him to reverse his decision.

“The results are in – more Queensland patients are getting elective surgery on time thanks to the LNP’s Wait Time Guarantee,” he said.

“In February, the first month of the Wait Time Guarantee, both the Metro North HHS and the Sunshine Coast HHS posted outstanding results.

“At Nambour Hospital, 100 percent of patients received their surgery on time across all categories – urgent, semi-urgent and non-urgent.

“While at the Caboolture Hospital, 100 percent of patients received their urgent surgery, 99 percent of patients received their semi-urgent surgery and 100 percent of non-urgent patients receiving on time surgery on time.

“It just doesn’t make any sense why Labor would want to scrap Australia’s first surgery guarantee, especially when it is already delivering for patients.”

Mr Powell urged Minister Dick to reverse his decision and put patients first by ensuring the Wait Time Guarantee continued.

“These results speak for themselves, the Wait Time Guarantee is working, patients are receiving necessary surgery on time,” he said.

“The LNP dramatically reduced the number of patients waiting longer than medically recommended for their surgery and local families simply cannot afford to let Minister Dick take us back to the bad old days of the health system under Labor.”

Mr Powell called on the government to stop listening to union bosses and start listening to doctors and their patients.

“Doctors and patients want the Wait Time Guarantee to continue so it beggars belief how the Health Minister could even dream of cutting it – especially without an alternative,” he said.

“Labor has no plan for the economy and no plan for surgery. They are making it up on the run.

“When the LNP was elected into office, we inherited a health system on life support thanks to Labor’s appalling mismanagement.
“In three short years we turned that around and took Queensland’s health system from the bottom of the pack to the best in Australia.

Australia’s first elective surgery guarantee, modelled on the health systems of Scandinavia, started on 1 February this year.

Under this initiative if Hospitals and Health Services can’t provide treatment within the medically recommended time, patients are offered the next available appointment in a public or private hospital in the state at no cost to the patient.

[ENDS] 11 March 2015