THE Health Ombudsman will soon audit and report on the performance of Queensland public hospitals in the handling of surgical wait lists and patient treatment times.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the move was in response to the Australian Medical Association’s challenge to increase community oversight of Queensland Health facilities.
“In line with policy submissions from the AMAQ, control over the auditing and reporting of this key aspect of hospital performance will transfer to Queensland’s independent Health Ombudsman,” he said.
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“This week, the latest quarterly report demonstrated the excellent progress Queensland Health continues to make to reduce waiting lists to the point where soon all surgery will be complete within the clinically-recommended time-frame.”
The Minister said responsibility for auditing National Emergency Access Target (NEAT) and National Elective Surgery Target (NEST) reports would transfer to the Health Ombudsman on July 1, 2015.
It comes as the Labor opposition have accused the State Government of misrepresenting health figures.