In a reshuffle of ministers, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has given her cabinet a shake up which she claims will have a focus on delivering for Queenslanders.
In the new Palaszczuk Cabinet, Shannon Fentiman, Member for Waterford, will take over the responsibility for Health and Ambulance Services, Mental Health, and Women.
Her role of Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence has been given to Yvette D’Ath who was the former health minister.
“I’m going to use the experience I have as Premier to have a critical focus on shaping a better and fairer Queensland, now and for the future,” said Premier Palaszczuk.
“I’m firmly focussed on the future. And I’m firmly focussed on the key issues affecting Queenslanders – as my government is.
“That’s why I have refreshed the government by refreshing the Cabinet and this marks a new beginning.”
New Health Minister, Shannon Fentiman, visited Gladstone Hospital on her first day in the new role to celebrate the completion of the first surgeries in the new West Wing operating theatres.
“There is nowhere I would rather be on my first day as Health Minister than right here in Gladstone, said Minister Fentiman.
Despite all the hype in Gladstone, the Queensland Health system is under heavy pressure and is failing Queenslanders daily.
Ambulance ramping may have improved slightly in the 2022 December quarter, but lengthy delays remain and waiting times are climbing.
One Logan resident was transported by ambulance to Redlands Hospital and arrived at 5pm. He was waiting outside the emergency department for seven hours before being admitted. He, along with five other patients were looked after by ambulance crews and police.
Three different ambulance crews took care of him and other patients due to the delay.
One pair of paramedics were only able to attend three medical jobs in a 12 hour shift due to spending the rest of their time at a hospital waiting.
Minister Fentiman said it is a privilege to be appointed Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Minister for Mental Health, and Minister for Women.
“Our health workers are heroes. They dedicate their lives supporting us and I’m committed to supporting them.
“I know that Queenslanders right across our state rely on our health system.
“I’m here to listen and I will spend every single day ensuring we have the highest quality health services.”