Record numbers of local patients being treated by Gold Coast Health Service
Member for Burleigh Michael Hart MP today applauded staff of the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service (HHS) for their role in meeting increased health activity.
“Every year our health services are seeing more Queenslanders present to emergency departments, more patients admitted to our hospitals and more patients referred to outpatient services. In fact Queensland is experiencing some of the highest growth of activity in the country,” Mr Hart said.
“Our local HHS is at the forefront of meeting this demand, and as part of the LNP’s strong plan to revitalise Queensland Health has delivered a significant increase in the front line services being delivered to local residents.”
Mr Hart said the Government was committed to meeting the needs of the Queensland community and providing appropriate healthcare in a timely manner.
“Compared to Labor’s last full financial year in Government we seen a 26.7 per cent increase in local accident and emergency services in our local hospitals,” Mr Hart said.
“Hospitals in the Gold Coast HHS saw 142,480 presentations to accident and emergency services in 2013–14, an increase of over 30,000 presentations compared to Labor’s last full year in office.”
Mr Hart said the figures presented a similar story for outpatient services provided to patients across Queensland
“Compared to Labor, we have recorded an 8.4 per cent increase in the delivery of outpatient services and a total of 4.44 million patients in 2013–14,” he said.
“These are significant examples of the increased demand and activity our hospitals are faced with and their continued efforts to reduce waiting lists and meet targets during this period are outstanding.”
Mr Hart said there had also been an 18 per cent increase in services provided to local patients admitted to hospitals in the Gold Coast HHS.
“There were almost 107,215 local patients receiving care in our hospitals in 2013–14. This was an extra 16,356 patients treated compared to Labor’s last full year.”
“Not only have we seen increased admitted activity in our own hospitals delivered by our own staff, we are also witnessing an increase in the admitted activity we are delivering in partnership with the private sector.”
Mr Hart said across Queensland in 2013–14 more than 29,200 public patients were treated in private facilities.
“This is 10,943 more patients than Labor treated in 2010–11, an increase of 59.93 per cent and has meant that public patients have been able to receive their treatment sooner.”
[ENDS] 22 October 2014
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