State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle today accused the Labor Government of ignoring the ability of Caloundra Hospital to deal with sick and injured patients and spending millions of dollars upgrading only the Emergency Department at Nambour.
“I recently aired my concern that the Sunshine Coast University Hospital was heading for a deficit of $30million. Neither the hospital nor the Health Minister Steven Miles have denied that a deficit is on the cards rather queried the amount,” Mr McArdle said.
“Immediately thereafter we have an announcement of $86million to redevelop Nambour General Hospital including refurbishing and expanding the Emergency Department.
“This highlights the precarious position of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, at Kawana which was opened just over twelve months ago, clearly not being able to cope but why aren’t we using Caloundra Hospital more fully.
“At this point in time the Caloundra Emergency Department is closed and a ‘Minor Injury and Illness’ facility has been put in place between the hours of 9am and 9pm.
“What a complete waste of a good facility. We know people are using the facility more and more and in fact over the past three months the presentations at the “Minor” facility at Caloundra have been; February 868, March 1,041 and April 1,208. The figures speak for themselves. .
“They can put as much money as they like into Nambour but unless they use the full resources medical services available across the Sunshine Coast then they will continue to experience problems.
“I have always said Category 1 and Category 2 patients need not be treated at Caloundra but other patients should have access to this facility 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
“I am aware the Federal Government proposal that provides an additional $28billion to Queensland for health purposes between 2020 – 21 and 2024-25 which the Labor Government has not signed up for.
“To me that’s a pretty good deal. Steven Miles should stop playing the fool and start acting like a Health Minister.
“Properly fit out the Caloundra Hospital and provide 24 hour per day, 7 days per week services for those in Caloundra and the growing areas of Aura, Harmony and the Hinterland Towns. The University Hospital continues to suffer ramping and access block. Time for common sense to prevail.
“However I expect the Minister to take the corporate line and blame the Federal Government for everything and not acknowledge his involvement or his predecessors’ involvement in the perilous state of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the impact their neglect will have upon local people.”
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