Reinstatement of the previous patient referral system at Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service

Eligibility - Queensland residents
Principal Petitioner:
Geraldine Renneberg
116 Rankin Street
Total Signatures - 429
Sponsoring Member: Mr Shane Knuth MP
Posting Date: 14/10/2021
Closing Date: 22/11/2021
Tabled Date: 2/12/2021
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that the previous hospital patient referral system be reinstated in the region covered by the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service for the following reasons:

1. Under the current system it can take up to six weeks before a referral is triaged and placed on a waitlist. A client may become chronically ill or even die before their referral is seen by a clinician;

2. This is not due to COVID 19; nor because of a shortage of doctors.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to take immediate action to reinstate the previous referral system at CHHHS, where all referrals would be sent by GPs to the relevant hospital where the procedure would take place and patients would be sent a letter of notification within two weeks.