The peak health organisation of Queensland has made the bold suggestion of removing the absolute power of the state health minister in order to fix the ailing health system.
The Australian Medical Association of Queensland (AMAQ) released its policy plan on March 1, outlining a range of strategies for both the Bligh government and the opposition to consider ahead of the March 24 election.
According to AMAQ president Richard Kidd, the report – titled Seven Stitches to Fix Queensland Health – proposes that a taskforce made up of senior politicians from both parties, departmental staff and medical practitioners should replace the current leadership structure.
"Health should be the number one issue for all people at all times and not just during a campaign period," Dr Kidd said.
"It is also an impossible task to ask one person with no experience in the health system to run the system."
Private health insurance may provide an alternative to accessing the public health system, offering Queensland residents access to shorter waiting times and subsidised services.
Dr Kidd believes that while the public health system cannot be fixed in the three years of a government term, calling on the advice of industry professionals could help address the AMAQ's seven key issues in the next seven years.