MORE than 400 new nurse and midwife graduates have been recruited on the Gold Coast in the past two years.
It’s all thanks to the the Palaszczuk Government’s nursing and midwifery recruitment program, which has seen 3443 graduates recruited statewide in the last two financial years.
Of those graduates, 414 are based on the Gold Coast, more than 1000 are in Brisbane, while a little over 100 have been appointed roles in Children’s Health.
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Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said nurses and midwives were the compassionate heart of the hospital system, and in all, more than 4000 had been employed since the Palaszczuk Government was elected.
“Our Government is continuing to restore frontline services after the former Newman-Nicholls LNP Government axed 4400 positions from frontline health services, including 1800 nurses and midwives,” Mr Dick said.
“When the Opposition Leader was Treasurer, health staff were cut from preventative health, patient safety and mental health, without any regard for the consequences.
“The Palaszczuk Government is investing in our frontline services and staff to make sure that our health system meets the needs of an ageing and growing population.
“When we came to Government, there were more than 104,000 people waiting longer than clinically recommended for a specialist outpatient appointment.
“Despite year on year growth in referrals of 10%, that figure is now down to just over 38,000, a reduction of 64%.”
Mr Dick said it was a “remarkable achievement” that would not have been possible without Government investment.
“I welcome each and every nurse and midwife, whether they are graduates or not, and wish them a long and satisfying career in our health system,” he said.
“They are living examples of how the Palaszczuk Government is rebuilding our frontline health services for the future of all Queenslanders.”