The Queensland LNP, led by the soon-to-be ousted Joh Bjelke Newman, has been flooding the public and media with "performance data", hoping the public and journalists will be too lazy to parse it for the real facts. The journalists are asleep in a fog - the Weekend Courier Mail featuring polar bears instead of real news on their front page.
The reports for the Cairns Base Hospital are abysmal, and getting worse.
Cairns is awash with reports of specialist doctors leaving, critical heart patients unable to receive basic care, and a new (grossly over budget) almost $1B hospital addition that can't be opened due to massive electrical problems that haven't yet been found.
And now we have factual evidence that key operational measures - ambulance response time, and emergency room waiting times, have blown out under the LNP government.
Hospital chair unSir Bob Norman is being pushed daily to use the MacKenzie microphone to shout about how great the LNP hospital has become. Norman, the same "business leader" ousted by the Chamber of Commerce membership, and unable to even run an ice cream shop, is now privately telling everyone within earshot of the poison chalice he's been given. Norman's deceptively "cleared the waiting lists" by getting rid of them, and is now attacking local GP's for making surgical referrals!
MP Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King, who famously boasted that one of his 100-day priorities would be to remove the smokers from the front of the hospital, has failed at even this simple task.
King and his local cohorts Trout and Kempton are now working together - to make sure at least one of them is in the media every day spinning the horrible facts. With the Queensland unemployment rate pushing 7% and public anger with all varieties of LNP increasing, the inability of this mob to do any better than the last mob is creating strange political bedfellows.
Queensland Health employees are now starting to call attention to the problems - BADHEALTHQLD.COM