Glen Elmes applauds dental wait list success 

A state-wide blitz on dental waiting lists by the Newman LNP Government has cut the number of people in Noosa 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.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, praised this milestone in health service saying the wait for dental treatment for Noosa residents was significantly less than it was 12 months ago.

“The Newman LNP Government is rebuilding front-line health services and it just cannot be disputed; health is better for the change.

“Simply, no-one in Noosa currently is waiting more than two years for general treatment,” Mr Elmes said.

“In February last year, there were 4,204 people in the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service area who had been two or more years on the general waiting list for dental treatment.

“It is such a great achievement today that there is not one Noosa resident to be waiting more than two years.”

Mr Elmes said this was the first time since the 1990’s that no Queenslander was waiting more than two years.

“Simple changes and improving engagement with the private sector has meant the dental wait lists in the Noosa region have improved significantly.”

Mr Elmes joined the Health Minister in giving full credit to the oral health staff in the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service for their commitment to improving the health of the local community.

“Patients are now being provided with the care they need in a more appropriate time and we will continue to look for ways to achieve great results and improve wait lists in Noosa,” Mr Elmes said.