Boards not finalised yet

MEMBERS are yet to be announced for the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board, which will incorporate Gympie, with just weeks to go until the July 1 deadline.

Sunshine Coast University's founding vice-chancellor Paul Thomas will head Gympie's new regional hospital board, which was created as part of the State Government's shake-up of Queensland Health.

The board was designed to put decision-making back in the hands of the community and increase local accountability for the delivery of health services but, as yet, there has been no official word on who the remaining members are.

A Queensland Health representative said the expressions of interest for board chairs and members had closed last year.

"We are now in the process of finalising those appointments," the representative said.

Expressions of interest in the paid positions were open to anyone who had the skills to ensure the effective and efficient operations of the hospital and health service, with five people including the chair needed to form each board.

Under the National Health Reform Agreement, Hospital and Health Boards must be in place by July 1, 2012.

It was expected that the board would meet at least monthly.

Gympie Times


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