Springborg reaffirms reform commitment
ALMOST 70,000 people were stuck in Queensland Health emergency departments across the state for more than four hours in July, prompting Health Minister Lawrence Springborg to reaffirm his commitment to reform.
Mr Springborg used the latest emergency department figures, released by Queensland Health, to again spruik the 15 recommendations listed in the "Metropolitan Emergency Department Access Initiative" - or MEDAI - report.
The statistics showed that of the 898 patiens who came into the emergency room with the most critical injuries, just 422 of them were admitted to a ward or taken to another hospital within four hours.
If they left under their own steam to find help elsewhere, they too were included in the 422.
Of the 108,750 patients who entered the emergency department, just 64% - or 69,600 - met that four-hour goal known as the "National Emergency Access Target".
Mr Springborg said the MEDAI recommendations, which include the end of ambulances bypassing overcrowded hospitals, would help fix these poor figures.
"By adopting a whole-of-hospital approach as recommended by the report, we will be improving the efficiency of our facilities and delivering faster, more appropriate care to the patients of Queensland," he said.
Although not included in Mr Springborg's statement, the figures also showed that since the former Labor Government put in its own reform process in 2005, doctor numbers had increased by almost 80% to 8178.
There were now 52% more nurses, 33,286 in total, working for Queensland Health alongside 60% more health practitioners who now number 11,082.
HEALTH BY NUMBERS
Each day, through Queensland Health:
- 619 women are screened for breast cancer
- 4459 emergency services for non-admitted patients in acute public hospitals
- $28.332 million is spent on public health services
- 119 babies are born in acute public hospitals