Media Release: Labor ‘Miles away’ from fixing hospital crisis

Embattled Health Minister Stephen Miles should immediately be sacked by Premier Annastacia Palasczcuk, as the health crisis across Queensland shows no signs of improvement.

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said images of patients jam-packed in the corridors of the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, are truly shocking.

“Our public hospitals are literally bursting at the seams and Labor’s promised upgrades are years away from completion,” Mr Mander said.

“When the LNP left office, ramping was at 15 per cent across the state – it’s now up to a staggering 24 per cent under the Labor Palaszczuk Government.

“Premier Palaszczuk and the Minister are more interested in wasting millions of dollars of tax payers money on changing hospital names, rather than putting the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders first.

“If the Annastacia Palaszczuk had any respect for Queenslanders she would immediately remove Stephen Miles from the health portfolio.

“He is out of his depth, clearly not up to it and is amateur at best.”

Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said hospital staff and paramedics would be under immense stress dealing with the ramping crisis.

“As a former Emergency Department nurse, I know that staff morale would be extremely low and resources stretched the limit,” Ms bates said.

“We are only into the second week of 2019 and already Labor has an unfolding disaster on its hands and it’s up to the Health Minister to front up and explain how he intends to fix this mess.”

Ramping isn’t the only issue affecting Queenslanders with shocking figures revealing parking costs at hospitals are through the roof, leaving many people coughing up more money to seek treatment or visit loved ones.

The Royal Brisbane and women’s hospital recorded a nine per cent increase in car park revenue, while hospitals in Toowoomba, Ipswich and North Queensland also raked in more money at the expense of patients and their families.

Ms Bates said Steven Miles should be putting patient care and helping vulnerable Queenslanders ahead of increased profits.

“Only the LNP has a plan for more beds in emergency departments, improve resources, decrease ramping numbers and make hospital parking affordable,” Ms Bates said.

“Again this Labor government is so out of touch and this latest hospital crisis is nothing short of appalling.”

Just getting out of an ambulance and into a hospital bed is a nightmare in Labor’s health system, Member for Oodgeroo, Mark Robinson said today.

“It’s frightening to see Redland Coast patients are stuck in ambulances longer than they should be, or being dumped in corridors because our hospital system is bursting at the seams under this State Labor Government,” Dr Robinson said.

“Redlands Coast Labor MPs - Don Brown, Kim Richards and Mick de Brenni - should be standing up for the sick in our community and demanding Cilentogate Minister Stephen Miles take action to fix the ambulance ramping and corridor parking rates at Redland Hospital which are the among the highest in the State under Labor.

“Sadly, while Annastacia Palaszczuk’s priority is ditching the name of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, 1 out of every 2 Redlanders taken by ambulance to Redland Hospital are sitting in ambulances and being placed at higher risk.

Worst Ramping Hospitals in Queensland

Redland Hospital 46%

Logan Hospital 44%

QEII Hospital 36%

Princess Alexandra Hospital 35%

Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital 34%

Robina Hospital 33%

Gold Coast University Hospital 31%

Caboolture Hospital 29%

Sunshine Coast University Hospital 27%

Cairns Hospital 21%