Premier commits $154 million to slash hospital waiting lists

13 November 2017 3:26 AM

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Labor hopes its latest cash splash will slash hospital waiting lists, with the Premier announcing $154 million to bring down waiting times for specialist appointments.

Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement at Townsville Hospital on Monday morning where she met with children and families in the pediatric ward.

Ms Palaszczuk said the Labor government had reduced waiting times in Brisbane by 63 per cent since elected.

“In our first budget, my government announced funding of $361 million over four years to cut the list of those waiting longer than clinically recommended for a specialist outpatient appointment,” she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said during her last term in government Brisbane’s waiting list had gone from 104,000 to 38,447.

Townsville’s waiting list went from 3800 to zero as of Friday, before creeping back up to one for the day of her announcement.

“My challenge now is to get that person off that waiting list,” she said.

Health and Ambulance Minister Cameron Dick said he believed Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls would not step into a hospital to make any health announcement during the campaign.

“You will see him coming to the hospital on the 26th of November if he becomes the premier because he will start his cost-cutting agenda,” he said.


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