Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle and State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan have commended Redland Hospital staff and executives after a tour of the facilities this morning.

 The visit involved a tour to the Palliative care unit, birth suite and special care unit, as well as the Emergency Department and Specialist outpatient unit.

 Mr McEachan said the visit was to ensure the health needs of Redlanders were being met with the resources provided.

“Redlanders are extremely fortunate to have this facility at their doorstep rather than having to travel up to an hour to access healthcare.

“Redlands Hospital staff have earned their place as one of the top performers in their class in Australasia; an example of what can be achieved with dedicated health professionals.

Mr McArdle said the Redlands hospital was servicing a growing population.

“The current hospital configuration and its capacity for service needs to be re-assed to keep pace with the aging population and chronic diseases. The number of presentations at the emergency department need to be carefully considered in this re-assessment.”

Mr McArdle said the visit was timely as Parliament just this week supported the LNP’s Wait Time Guarantee policy.

“This policy ensures every patient is guaranteed their surgery within the clinically recommended time, yet the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government are refusing to listen to the needs of the public and commit to this policy,” said Mr McArdle. 

“While the Redland Hospital is faring well in terms of patient surgery and waitlist times, this is another way Redlanders can be sure they will receive their surgery on time.

 “They must respect the moral authority of Queensland's Parliament and ultimately the wishes of the public,” he said.

[ENDS] 22 May 2015