HOSPITAL waiting list statistics are proving as transparent as solid steel.
Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick has written to the chairs of all Hospital and Health Services to start addressing the "waiting list for the waiting list".
He told them $30million was immediately available to address more than 100,000 Queenslanders waiting longer than clinically recommended for an outpatient or diagnostic appointment.
His call has people screaming, "Weren't we told there was no waiting list".
Well, that was for elective surgery. Surely it's the responsibility of patients to know which previously unheard of waiting list they are or aren't on?
Opposition leader and former Health Minister Lawrence Springborg polished his opposition vernacular, saying the new government was taking Queensland back to the bad old days to a "health system ravaged by blunders, scandals and maladministration".
He says in just three years under the LNP, Queensland's health system went from being the worst in Australia to the best.
Queenslanders have been bedazzled, confused and outright misled by statistics for too long.
With politicians on both sides of the political divide yelling "liar, liar, pants on fire", the people are getting sick of it, excuse the pun.
Someone is on a waiting list or they aren't; they have exceeded the clinically recommended time or they haven't. Statistics, excuse the next pun, aren't brain surgery.
Healthy policy debates are one thing, but deliberate manipulation of statistics is arrogant, dangerous and we've had enough… from both sides.
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services has provided accurate figures for all waiting lists in CQ. Read the full story in Saturday's Morning Bulletin.