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    Gold Coast residents to receive Australia’s first statewide surgery guarantee

    The Newman LNP Government today announced that local patients in the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service will soon receive a guarantee to have their elective (non-emergency) surgery on time, in a national first.

    State Member for Broadwater, Verity Barton MP, said from the 1st February 2015, the LNP Government’s Wait Time Guarantee would ensure all eligible Queenslanders who are ready for elective surgery will have their procedure within the medically recommended time.

    “If the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service is unable to provide surgery within the recommended time frame, then patients will be offered the next available appointment in a public or private hospital at no cost to the patient,” Miss Barton said.

    “Their surgery will be arranged by the original hospital, and patients will not have to pay for any travel or accommodation costs if they are treated over 50km from their original hospital.”

    “This is a necessary reform for the local community – patients will no longer just be a number in the queue for surgery.”

    “Under the former Labor Government 17% of patients waited too long for their surgery – that’s nearly one in five. We expect to have this at 0% by the end of the year, and the LNP’s Surgery Wait Time Guarantee will keep it at 0%.”

    Miss Barton said in just over two and a half years since being elected, the LNP had transformed Queensland Health from being a Department even the Labor Party wanted to destroy, into a patient-focused service which is now offering an Australian first to Queensland residents.

    “As part of its election commitment, this Can-Do LNP Government pledged to revitalise frontline health services for Queenslanders. Today’s announcement reiterates our determination to deliver on that commitment.”

    “This is a strong team, with a strong plan to deliver the services Queenslanders need for a brighter future.”

    Miss Barton said from 1 February 2015, all eligible elective surgery will be carried out within the following nationally defined times:

    • Urgent (category 1): Surgery recommended within 30 days of being added to the wait list, as the condition could get worse and become an emergency;
    • Semi-urgent (category 2): Surgery recommended within 90 days of being added to the wait list, as the condition is causing pain or disability but is unlikely to become an emergency;
    • Non-urgent (category 3): Surgery recommended within 365 days of being added to the wait list, as the condition is causing minimal pain or disability.

    Miss Barton said patients who are currently on Queensland Health’s elective surgery wait list would soon receive a letter detailing how the guarantee works.

    For more information about the wait guarantee visit www.qld.gov.au/WaitTimeGuarantee or call 1300 332 807 between 7am and 9pm, seven days a week.

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