LNP commits to better access to specialist care for Pine Rivers and Kallangur families

Local residents of Pine Rivers and Kallangur electorates will get better access to specialist outpatient services under the LNP’s $16 million plan to provide better access to specialist care at Queensland hospitals.

Mr Seath Holswich said a strong and united CanDo Team was committed to revitalising frontline services and fixing the mess Labor has made of Queensland’s health service by making an immediate start on Labor’s ‘waiting list for the waiting list’.

“Many local residents of Pine Rivers are among the 220,000 patients across Queensland requiring diagnostic services and access to elective services but have been dumped on a ‘waiting list for the waiting list’,” Mr Holswich said.

“The tired 20 year Labor Government has failed local families by preventing access to the health services they need.”

“An LNP Government will boost funding to provide families with better access to specialist care and work with local GPs to ensure patients are not kept off waiting lists,” Mr Trevor Ruthenberg said.

“Labor voted in support of higher private health insurance charges for local families and has stood by and watched as more and more Queenslanders are added to the ‘waiting list for the waiting list’.”

Mr Ruthenberg said the LNP will boost funding with $12 million to provide up to 40,000 extra public specialist outpatient services in our first year and $4 million to increase engagement with GPs through GP Liaison Officers at targeted public hospitals.

The 12 month trial will be evaluated by a General Practice Advisory Group with representatives from peak GP bodies and, if successful, will be used as the basis of a long term strategy to aggressively reduce the number of people waiting on the waiting list right across the state.

“Our $16 million commitment is on top of initiatives the LNP has already announced to provide Queenslanders with better access to health services. These include $92 million to establish a Maternal and Child Health Service for mums and bubs, $129 million to deliver better access to emergency care and increasing the patient travel subsidy for regional Queenslanders who need to access specialist services in larger cities.”

“Only a change of government will improve health services for local families,” Mr Holswich added.

“It’s time for a change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track.”

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