‘I don’t want to live’: Woman’s 520 day wait for hip surgery
Two victims of Queensland's 'broken' health system have demanded urgent action and an apology from the government after senior ministers accused the Opposition of 'making up' their experience in public hospitals.
The Opposition has peppered the government in Parliament this week with questions about its handling of the health system, using case studies to probe whether Labor had "lost control".
It prompted Health Minister Yvette D'Ath and Education Minister Grace Grace to question the accuracy of the LNP's claims Queenslanders were facing long waits for ambulances and surgery.
Ms Grace said there was "no substance" to the Opposition's claims.
"It is a disgrace that they come in here in a world health pandemic making up stories or exaggerating those stories for their cheap political point-scoring," she said.
"The 'insider' said that we were waiting for different time frames about broken hips et cetera.
"It is coming through that there is no substance to what they are saying."
Patricia Clayton, 57, has been waiting one year and 155 days for two hips to be replaced.
Mrs Clayton said she had suicidal thoughts after struggling to continue with the frequent pain.
"I would like the government to realise people are suffering," she said.
"They're helpless and they can't reach out for help because there's no one there to listen."
Mrs Clayton said she reached out to Shadow Health spokeswoman Ros Bates in a last-ditch effort to find a solution.
"I was at the point of despair, absolute despair," she said.
"If I can't get help I don't see the point in living anymore, my hips are broken, they've been broken since June last year.
"I'm broken, I lost my job, I lost my life, I don't have a life, I have no social life, no friends and I was desperate."
Mrs Clayton waited six months to see a surgeon and discover whether she could be fixed but is still waiting for the surgery - which is considered non-emergency.
Opposition Leader David Crisafulli demanded the Premier issue an apology for the comments of Ms Grace and Ms D'Ath.
"We had the Health Minister question the credibility of what Ros Bates raised in telling the story of somebody who was suffering two broken hips and was told that wasn't the case," Mr Crisafulli said.
"We had the Education Minister say this was a case of making up stories.
"I want an apology and I want a recognition that this system has to be fixed and the apology is to these Queenslanders who are bravely standing up."
Catherine Santagiuliana said her terminally ill father suffered a dislodged cannula following a routine blood transfusion in October.
She called an ambulance, which took two hours to arrive before he was ramped in the carpark of Redlands Hospital.
Her father was later told to take medication and come back in the morning.
"Dad said he would rather sit under a tree and die than come back to that hospital," Ms Santagiuliana said.
He did not return to the hospital for the medical treatment, but had the cannula replaced by an at-home nurse the next day.
"This is when I feel dad gave up the will to live," his daughter said.
He passed away the following day.
Originally published as 'I don't want to live': Woman's 520 day wait for hip replacement