Schwarto defends Rocky Hospital
MEMBER for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten has hit out at what he describes as the AMAQ's smear campaign on Rockhampton Hospital.
Mr Schwarten said comments from the Australian Medical Association's Queensland president, Dr Richard Kidd, that Rockhampton Hospital was at "breaking point" were offensive and untrue.
He said Dr Kidd made the remarks on the day the hospital switched on its $350,000 fully automated digital x-ray machine.
"The fact is staff numbers of doctors, nurses and other support staff have jumped by 300 - nearly 90% since 2005 and nine out of 10 elective surgery patients are seen on time and our emergency department has performed better than most hospitals in Australia and the opening of this latest x-ray technology reinforces the point," he said.
"Rocky Hospital does not deserve to be the target of an out-of-touch AMA that thinks that $11 billion, which is more than a quarter of the budget, is chicken feed."
On Sunday AMAQ launched a campaign to focus on health during the state election. Dr Kidd said the AMAQ was determined to make health a priority for all candidates.
He said Rockhampton's hospital was one of 13 at breaking point.