The results are in – more Queensland patients are getting elective surgery on time thanks to the LNP’s Wait Time Guarantee. Now, the new Labor government wants to scrap it.

Member for Redlands, Matt McEachan MP said, in February, the first month of the Wait Time Guarantee, Redland Hospital posted outstanding results with 100 percent of patients receiving their surgery on time across all categories – urgent, semi-urgent and non-urgent.

“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 McEachan said

“While the LNP was offering patients a guarantee, Labor is offering watered-down targets that are lower than what is already being achieved.”

Mr McEachan 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.”

“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.

“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.

“Now Labor is taking us back down a familiar path. Queenslanders deserve better than hidden waiting lists, payroll bungles and Tahitian Princes.”

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