ANTI-Adani protestors have promised to continue to try and derail Annastacia Palaszczuk's campaign after tracking her down twice on day two of the election campaign.

A protestor hijacked a morning television interview, and more protestors were waiting for the Premier outside the Proserpine Hospital this morning.

But protesters parked outside the hospital near the travelling media pack's bus did not see the Premier.

Ms Palaszczuk was at the hospital on Monday to announce 3500 more nurses would be employed in hospitals across Queensland over the next four years and a staff-to-patient ratio would be introduced in government-funded nursing homes.

The policy comes on top of the nurse-to-patient ratio the government promised in the 2015 election.

"As our state continues to grow we need to make sure we keep up with that growing demand," she said.

"That's what government is about - it's about service delivery."

Shadow Health Minister, LNP member for Surfers Paradise John-Paul Langbroek circulated a media release shortly after the Premier's announcement saying the government was yet to address the issue of ambulances queuing outside emergency wards.  

The issue known as "ramping" has led to patients waiting hours for emergency care.

"Labor has no answer to more ramping and fewer hospital beds," Mr Langbroek said. 

"Labor should address their failure to stop hospital ramping, bed block and the overall decline in services at Queensland hospitals.

"The latest figures for August 2017 show 28 per cent of all Queensland patients were ramped on stretchers in the back of ambulances or waiting rooms.

"Fifty per cent of patients were left languishing in emergency departments for more than four hours due to a lack of beds in hospitals.

"Thousands of sick and injured patients presenting at emergency departments were not seen within clinically recommended times.

"Between June 2016 and June 2017, the category three elective surgery waiting list blew out from 156 days to 211 days - meaning patients are waiting longer for their procedures.

"Nurses across Queensland are still feeling the sting from Labor's bungled health payroll system every fortnight, seven years after it was first rolled out.

"Today's announcement of extra nurses and midwives means nothing if the outcomes for patients are not getting better.

"It was the LNP that significantly reduced ramping when in office and boosted patient outcomes."

However, Health Minister Cameron Dick said the announcement would improve the "front line of health care".

"We've employed thousands of new nurses and doctors and allied health professionals and technical staff across our health system to improve health care for Queenslanders," he said.

"We're also going to expand our nurse-to-patient ratios.

"We're going to be expanding that now to acute mental health wards across our state."

The protestors said they were concerned the controversial Adani Carmichael coal mine would "kill the reef within our life time" and threaten tourist industry jobs.

Protester, and Whitsunday tourism worker, Jessa Lloyd said she feared for her job and her son's hope of working on the reef if Carmichael went ahead.

"The mine is not going to help central Queensland," she said.

"It's not going to provide the jobs it has promised and the damage it does to the reef will destroy more jobs."

Ms Lloyd said the Stop Adani protesters would continue throughout the campaign and promised to continue to follow Ms Palaszczuk.

"It's not going to stop. Our voice is loud and we are backed by a large movement," she said. 

Ms Palaszczuk said although she welcomed people's right to protest she did fear she was going to be tackled during the TV interview.

"I believe in democracy and I believe that people have a right to have their say," she said.

"But what I would say to the public is that my parents taught me respect and my grandparents taught me respect.

"If you want to raise issues please do, but put it forward in a respectful manner."

News Corp Australia


Man jailed over Midgee cannabis car haul bust

Man jailed over Midgee cannabis car haul bust

Busted on Bruce Hwy with 1.8kgs of pot

Mount Morgan CBD's exciting new transformation

Mount Morgan CBD's exciting new transformation

Mount Morgan's CBD streetscape has officially opened

REVEALED: Rocky schools with the highest suspension rates

REVEALED: Rocky schools with the highest suspension rates

How does your child's school measure up?

Local Partners