Dental wait list shortens

11/07/2014

 

A state-wide blitz on dental waiting lists by the LNP government has cut the number of people waiting too long for dental treatment to zero.

 

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says the number of Queenslanders waiting longer than the current benchmark time for a routine dental check-up and treatment has dropped by 100 per cent.

 

State Member for Pine Rivers, Seath Holswich applauded this milestone in health service, saying the wait for dental treatment for Pine Rivers’ residents was significantly less than it was a year ago.

 

“In its own words, the former Labor Government lost control of Queensland Health. This Government is rebuilding front-line health services and our health is better for the change. 

 

“No one is currently waiting more than two years for general treatment,” he said.

 

Back in February last year, there were 20,616 people in the Metro North HHS region who had two or more years on the general waiting list for dental treatment.

 

Mr Ruthenberg, Member for Kallangur said “It is such a great achievement that there is not one local resident waiting more than two years.”

 

“This was the first time since the 1990s that no Queenslander was waiting more than two years.

 

“Simple changes and engaging with the private sector have meant the dental wait lists in our region have significantly improved.”

 

The Health Minister said he gives full credit to the oral health staff in MNHHS for their commitment to improving the health of the local community.