New health laws boost for Gympie
NEW health and hospitals legislation would go a long way to curing the diminished services available at Gympie General Hospital, MP David Gibson told Queensland Parliament this week.
Mr Gibson said Gympie services had suffered from the Labor Government regionalisation plans, despite the best efforts of staff at all levels.
He welcomed the allowance for Gympie Hospital to have a local ancillary board, to restore and strengthen community involvement in the running of the area's health and hospital services.
"Input from local people will ensure that this hospital's voice can be heard across a broader area, unlike what we experienced under the previous arrangement."
Gympie people had already been contacting his office asking when the new system would start.
It was "something my community is already interested in and wanting to embrace".
He said staff at regional hospitals - doctors, nurses and support staff - "put in the hard yards and do so many varying tasks to ensure that we have the support and the health care that we need".
"When the former Labor Government brought in its changes, the Gympie area was subsumed by a health district that ran from Bundaberg to the Sunshine Coast.
"The Gympie Hospital had to fight for every service it had because it was competing against other areas (for) that limited health dollar.
"One of the great tragedies I remember was a woman who was having a baby, on a weekend.
"She turned up at the hospital only to find that the Gympie maternity ward operated from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday," Mr Gibson said.