Hospital for 'local input'

THE Gympie Hospital will benefit from the restoration of local health boards to their communities to oversee the management of health services, says Member for Gympie David Gibson.

"This has been a long time coming and the appointment of Professor Paul Thomas to chair the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board, which will include Gympie Hospital, is a step in the right direction," Mr Gibson said.

"I'm confident that these changes will transform the way our local health services are governed with local decision-making and local accountability for the delivery of these health services.

"The people of Gympie have been fortunate to have wonderful staff at our hospital and the new board arrangements will ensure that decision-making is back in the hands of the community where it belongs, increasing local accountability for the delivery of health services."

Mr Gibson said the next step was to ensure there was local representation on the board as the recruitment of board members would be finalised in the coming weeks.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the move to restore local health boards to run their own services was a key commitment of the State Government.

"Devolved decision-making is a key part of the strategy to rebuild Queensland Health," Mr Springborg said.

Gympie Times


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