Rocky's health system failing

DOCTORS say progress is being made on improving Queensland's hospital system, but regional health services like Rockhampton's are breaking down.

The Australian Medical Association yesterday released its annual public hospital report card.

The report showed Queensland emergency departments were failing to meet the national benchmark of 80% of patients being seen within clinically recommended triage times.

Elective surgery rates remained below the AMA's national target of at least 90% of patients across all categories receiving surgery within recommended times.

And there's a severe shortage of beds.

The report said the Queensland Government was making progress in improving public hospitals through its $6.1 billion program.

AMA Queensland president Dr Mason Stevenson yesterday said like other regional areas, Rockhampton needed more.

Dr Stevenson, who will visit the city next month, said it was time to have the Australian Government fund the health system.

Queensland Health Minister Paul Lucas said the state had gone from having the sixth-longest waiting times for emergency departments to third.



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