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Gladstone’s healthcare supported to meet increasing demand

first_imgGladstone’s healthcare supported to meet increasing demand Minister for Health and Ambulance Services The Honourable Yvette D’AthPublic hospitals in Central Queensland are seeing more patients that ever before, and despite increasing demand 100 per cent of the most urgent Category 1 cases are being treated within recommended timeframes.In the Central Queensland region, there were 5,000 more ED presentations in February 2021 than the same time last year.Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said that demand was increasing across the state for healthcare.“Our public hospitals are seeing more patients presenting to emergency departments than ever before,” said Minister D’Ath.“I want to thank our hardworking frontline healthcare workers who go above and beyond to care for Queenslanders every single day.“The Palaszczuk Government is investing a record $989.7 million in 2020-21 to strengthen ambulance services in Queensland, and we’re delivering an extra 475 paramedics over the next four years as part of our Government’s plan to hire a record 9,475 additional frontline health workers.“We’re also investing $1.625 billion in our state-wide health infrastructure program to meet the demands of Queensland’s growing population. “Additionally, to support the system’s response and its ability to balance these competing demands, an additional $25 million has been prioritised for investment in 2020-21 to open additional bed capacity across the system. The first $15 million has already been allocated to HHSs.“For the LNP to suggest that patients are in the back of ambulances without treatment shows a lack of understanding and is an insult to our hard-working paramedics and Queensland Health staff.“When the LNP were last in power they sacked 4,400 health staff, including 1,800 nurses and midwives.“In the Central Queensland HHS, the LNP sacked 197 doctors and nurses.“The consequences would be dire had the Palaszczuk Government not rebuilt our frontline services after the previous LNP government sacked thousands of staff.”This financial year there has been a significant increase in emergency department presentations, when compared to previous years.Between 1 July 2020 and 31 January 2021 there were over 1.39 million presentations to Queensland’s emergency departments, an increase of 11.6%. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Ambulance, Australia, Central, Emergency, emergency departments, Gladstone, Government, health, healthcare, infrastructure, Investment, Minister, Palaszczuk, paramedics, QLD, Queensland, Queensland Health, treatmentlast_img read more