Elective surgery within a year

NO patient is waiting longer than a year for elective surgery at Rockhampton Hospital and that's the way things will stay, a health boss claims.

With concerns raised that a major budget crackdown will lead to chaos at Queensland's biggest hospital – the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital – Central Queensland's acting health boss said key services wouldn't be impacted at Rockhampton.

Central Queensland Health Service District acting chief executive officer Rod Boddice didn't respond directly to questions about whether Rockhampton Hospital was on target to achieve its budget for the financial year, but he did say staff were working hard to strengthen the position.

“Rockhampton Hospital received a budget increase of 10.7% compared to its budget for last financial year,” Mr Boddice said in a statement.

“Over the past year, we have substantially reduced elective surgery waiting lists. Long wait lists are at an all-time low. In Rockhampton no patient is waiting longer than a year for elective surgery and we aim to maintain this significant achievement.”

He said Queensland Health's $9.99 billion budget for 2010-11 was an increase of 94% since 2005.

“At Rockhampton Hospital there are now 203 doctors, which is 112% more than the 96 employed in 2005,” Mr Boddice said.

“There are also 612 nurses, up 50% on the 408 employed in 2005, and 114 health professionals, 93% more than the 59 employed in 2005.”

He also said a significant $234million redevelopment program was under way at Rockhampton Hospital.

Last week the state Opposition said bed and theatre closure predictions at the state's biggest hospital could be catastrophic for Queenslanders.



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