Premier says success of health boards a great achievement

PREMIER Campbell Newman has hailed the continued success of hospital and health service boards across regional Queensland as one of his government's greatest achievements.

The establishment of 17 hospital and health service boards in 2012 resulted in a move away from a centralised system, allowing each board to manage the health needs and requirements of their respective communities in a more effective and efficient manner.

Mr Newman, talking exclusively to APN Newsdesk, said he had spent the past three days visiting several hospitals across Queensland and was amazed at the brilliant results they had achieved for their communities.

"I was extremely excited to see the results on the ground first-hand," he said. "It puts it into a different perspective than just seeing them on a piece of paper.

"The HHS boards across the state have delivered some tremendous results for their communities and hospitals are recording some huge improvements as well."

Mr Newman said the results could not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of many people.

"I want to personally thank the countless doctors, nurses as well as the HHS board members for their tremendous efforts," he said.

"This is not the end of it though. We have the opportunity to build further on what the HHS boards have achieved to ensure Queenslanders have the best health system possible.

"Certainly the establishment of the 17 HHS boards across the state is one of the most important reforms we have undertaken.

"There is no doubt whatsoever we have a better health system now than we did two years ago."

Gladstone Base Hospital, Park Street, Gladstone.
Gladstone Base Hospital, Park Street, Gladstone. Christopher Chan

Mr Newman said the annual health budget had increased by $1 billion in the past two years allowing the HHS boards to deliver more services.

"I think Health Minister Lawrence Springborg and the people at Queensland Health are doing a fantastic job," he said.

"They fight for the resources, but let the HHS boards across the state decide how to use them.

"In my view people across Queensland are now getting a far better deal because they have local people who are passionate about health running the show."

Gladstone Hospital has had significant recruiting successes with the appointment of a permanent Director of Medical Services and two full-time senior medical officers.

At Easter Gladstone Hospital will welcome two new pediatricians as joint appointments with the Mater Hospital.

A permanent surgeon has also been appointed and will begin at Gladstone Hospital this year.

Median wait time in Central Queensland Emergency Departments was 18.3 minutes from July to December 2012 and reduced to 15.8 minutes in the same period for 2013.

CQHHS is achieving its National Emergency Access Target while at the same time seeing more patients.

National Emergency Access Target from July to December 2012 was 77.37% (target 70%) which improved to 78.95% (target 77%) in the same period in 2013.

More surgical patients are being seen in the clinically recommended timeframes.

From July to December 2012, 96.86% of category one elective surgery patients were seen in the recommended time frame, compared with 97.91% in the same period in 2013.

From July to December 2012, 78.51% of patients had their elective surgery in the recommended time frame, compared with 99.05% in the same period in 2013.



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