Ninety "extra beds" falls well short with Qld's 5 million this flu season

Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has called on Qld Health Minister Dr Steven Miles to check his sums and go back to the drawing board following the Minister’s embarrassing response to a Question Without Notice in Parliament recently. 

Labor’s Health Minister was asked what the State was doing to help Queensland hospitals keep up with demand this winter. 

His response, while highlighting there had already been 4000 confirmed flu cases, briefly mentioned 90 additional beds across the State, would be added to in-demand areas such as West Moreton, Gold Coast, Children’s Health Queensland and Caboolture.

“What’s even more embarrassing is that the Health Minister couldn’t even remember or mention the Sunshine Coast University Hospital – only the largest public hospital in the southern hemisphere and already suffering ramping and access block,” Mr McArdle said. 

“What a sick joke it is that the Health Minister somehow thinks a measly 90 additional beds being allocated to cater for this deadly illness is sufficient, despite there being more than 5 million Queenslanders living across the state.

“As he stated, last flu season public hospitals saw 215,000 confirmed flu cases. Ninety beds will need to be very big beds to have an impact.

“That’s simply scratching the surface to an even bigger problem. 

“It’s time for the Minister put the lives of Sunshine Coast Residents first and tackle this issue head on.” 


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