Commitment will benefit patients

ROCKHAMPTON hospital patients will benefit from a $129 million commitment to revitalise front line service, cut emergency department overcrowding and alleviate "ambulance ramping", the LNP said yesterday.

Member for Mirani Ted Malone said: "We will increase medical, nursing and allied health staffing on weekends to ensure patients can be treated and discharged without unnecessary delays, including at Rockhampton Base Hospital.

"The current delays in treatment are resulting in slower access to much-needed life-saving emergency attention.

"In addition, an LNP government will also provide funding to reduce pressure on elective surgery waiting lists in public hospitals by engaging private providers to treat 'long-wait' patients.

"This will increase access to elective surgery treatment, as well as reduce pressure on public hospitals - allowing them to focus on delivering access to emergency care for Queenslanders."

The party's health spokesman, Mark McArdle said the program was supported by AMA Queensland and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

If the LNP won the state election it would also double travel and accommodation allowances.



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