The Prime Minister has accused the Queensland Prime Minister of ‘extortion’ after she demanded more money for hospitals before allowing international travel.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the federal government had to “inject” a large sum of money into state hospitals before the borders with Victoria and NSW could open.
State hospitals are already at a “breaking point,” rejecting dozens of patients before a Covid crisis has even started, she said.
Senior doctors have warned that a crisis is imminent and that the health care system could not cope if there was an outbreak.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, however, hit back on Tuesday morning, arguing that it is Queensland’s responsibility to run their own health system.
“Since joining the government, we’ve increased funding for public hospitals in Queensland by almost 100 percent, 99 percent. The Queensland government has increased it by just over 50 per cent,” Mr Morrison told the… Show today.
“So they have to run their public hospital system and not make excuses for it.”
Mr Morrison also claimed that Ms Palaszczuk held the government to ‘ransom’ for refusing to open the borders without additional funding.
“I mean, to get down to this point and say, ‘Well, you know, I’m going to hold the federal government to pay ransom and try to extort money from them on the basis of Covid,” I just don’t want to think is the right way to go,’ said Mr Morrison.
Prime Minister has accused Queensland Prime Minister of ‘extortion’ after demanding more money for hospitals as state hospitals are at ‘breaking point’ ahead of outbreak
The Prime Minister’s request comes as data collected by: the Australian revealed that 31 hospitals had been declared ‘code yellow’ in the past month due to bed shortages and extreme demand in facilities in Queensland.
Regional hospitals faced the most code yellow clearances, with a greater chance of an outbreak in those facilities due to lower vaccination coverage.
Code yellow had been declared more than 12 times north of Brisbane in Wide Bay in September, while code yellow had occurred six times in Brisbane’s northwest and the ICU beds were all filled.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk demanded that the federal government ‘inject’ a large number of funds into state hospitals before reopening borders with Victoria and NSW
John Hall, the president of the Rural Doctors Association, noted that the state government needed to act quickly on these issues before rural hospitals begin to close and regional communities are unable to access emergency care.
“Some hospitals rely on just one doctor, who covers back-to-back after-hours shifts, and others go on bypass due to a lack of staff,” Dr. Hall said.
dr. Kim Hansen, emergency center director at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane and president of the Australian Medical Association, said there is a real threat of hospitals becoming overstretched and access and ramping to hospital beds urgently needed. before an ‘inevitable outbreak’ in the state.
“We are already at a breaking point and we need to make more preparations,” said Dr Hansen.
“Our hospitals should be working 90 percent, not more than 100 percent as we are now.”
Senior doctors warned that a crisis is on the way and the health care system could not cope if there is an outbreak
dr. Hansen added: ‘We are already full, I really don’t know where we would place Covid patients now.’
She is also concerned that hospitals in Queensland will become overloaded, such as hospitals in New South Wales and Victoria.
“The ambulances queue hundreds of meters in front of hospitals, they have tents and tents because they can’t get patients to the emergency room, and they can’t get them to the hospital.”
However, a Queensland Health spokesperson said in a statement to the Daily Mail Australia that the state’s pandemic response, which aims to prevent widespread transmission through “decisive public health and vaccination measures, has been successful so far.” has been.
They said they had also planned the “inevitable” Delta tribe attack.
“Across the state, our public and private hospitals have 393 staffed and equipped Intensive Care beds, with the physical capacity to expand to 586 beds.”
However, a Queensland Health spokesperson said in a statement to the Daily Mail Australia that the state’s system is ready for the ‘inevitable’ delta incursion
Queensland Health further added that there are 1,355 ventilators available in hospitals for patients, and more than 300 rooms with negative pressure or equivalent are available to treat patients with Covid 19 – a 20 percent increase since the start of the year. the pandemic.
“We will continue to vaccinate as many Queensland residents as possible, which is one of the most effective ways to ensure our hospitals are not overrun with COVID-19 patients.”
Doctors, surgeons and emergency departments will continue emergency discussions Wednesday about current issues that need to be addressed before an outbreak occurs in the state.