Have your say on our hospital

GYMPIE region’s residents are being encouraged to have their say on local hospital networks.

Consultation on new networks is underway across Queensland, Minister for Health Paul Lucas told Parliament.

Mr Lucas said the Queensland Government was committed to more localised hospital management with more involvement from clinicians and the community.

“That’s why we will establish new local hospital networks,” Mr Lucas said.

These networks will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of public hospitals.

Mr Lucas said the government aimed to establish the networks by July 1 next year.

“This is an ambitious timeframe and that is why we are getting on with the job of delivering this important reform,” Mr Lucas said.

“Right now, we want to hear Queenslanders’ views on the number, location and boundaries for these new networks.”

The minister said the networks would need to be large enough to operate efficiently and provide a reasonable range of hospital services, yet be small enough to be effectively managed.

“Of course, there will still be some services that will continue to be centrally operated,” Mr Lucas said.

“Those services that are operated state-wide because, by being delivered in this manner, they provide a better service for patients will continue to be operated state-wide.”

Mr Lucas said the Queensland Government would not rush changes to the network.

“We are committed to getting this right,” he said.

“Consultation has already taken place across 12 sites. “The new networks will have a local CEO and a local governing council.

“And they will deliver a real say to Queenslanders on how their local health service is run.”

Go to www.health.qld.gov.au/health-reform for more information.

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