Real-time data urged for Qld hospitals

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Queensland's opposition says open data and transparency programs similar to those used in NSW are needed for driving cultural change in the state's hospitals.

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli wants the state Labor government to adopt real-time data strategies for hospital bed capacity that can be published online.

He believes there are three things that will lead to immediate improvements.

"The first is better resourcing of our beds, we need better triaging and that involves better resourcing and training, but most importantly, we need to be open and honest with our data and be more transparent," he said.

"There are hospitals right now nearly 1000 kilometres away that we can tell in real time what is going on better than the couple that are within a few K's of where we are standing.

"That is wrong, and it's got to change.

"We'll be prepared to continue to call out where we see failures."

Mr Crisafulli says empowering Queensland health workers with viable communications methods is a means for improving cultural problems within the system.

"We're not talking about needing millions of dollars to make this work. It's about a cultural change, and when that cultural change occurs, better patient outcome occurs and everybody wins," he said on Wednesday.

"If you empower people and give them information, you will always get a better outcome than if you keep them in the dark.

"The crisis in Queensland Health isn't one about the staff, it's not about those people wearing scrubs, it's about a culture of administrative failure, and a lack of leadership."

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said on Tuesday population growth had outstripped bed capacity, with more people dropping out of private health cover.

She believes the federal government can assist by redirecting funding for home care and aged and disability patients to alleviate the pressure on bed capacity.

"If the Commonwealth was to step in today and provide packages for people who need aged care packages and disability packages, we would free up almost 600 beds," Ms D'Ath said.

"So almost 600 beds is very, very significant and could ease pressure immediately across our hospital system."

Ms D'Ath said the state government was committed to increasing the number of health workers by almost 10,000 by the end of 2024.