Win for Queensland's health patients
Queensland health patients are the real winners when the LNP’s surgery wait time guarantee motion was passed in Parliament. The LNP moved the motion to keep the surgery guarantee it introduced in Government and ensure Queensland patients continued to receive their surgery on time. “At the last election Queenslanders didn’t vote for the abolition of the wait time guarantee,” Leader of the Opposition, Lawrence Springborg said.
“Labor did not have a mandate to abolish Australia’s first surgery wait time guarantee and the Parliament voted to protect it.”
Mr Springborg said this vote was a win for Queensland patients. “This cements the LNP as the true guardian and deliverer of free public health services in this state.”
Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle said the LNP was on track to deliver a surgery wait time guarantee at the change of government.
“This was a good policy backed by the very doctors who performed surgery on patients in Queensland’s public hospitals,” Mr McArdle said.
“A wait time guarantee was the only way to allay the fears and concerns of those patients awaiting their surgery.”
“It also ensures Queenslanders don’t find their way back to the bad old days of Labor’s hidden waiting lists.”
Mr Springborg said unfortunately the Health Minister was trying to weasel out of providing patients with a surgery guarantee by saying the motion wasn’t binding.
“I think Queenslanders would expect the Health Minister to respect the Parliament, particularly when members are voting on behalf of their constituents,” he said.
“With the vote clearly in favour of keeping the policy, it is now up to the Palaszczuk Government to honour the direction provided by the Parliament.”