Save our hospital
Eidsvold community sends clear message about local health
THE message of the people of Eidsvold was loud and clear – “hands off our hospital”. More than 400 people gathered at the community hall on Monday night to show
their support for the town’s health services.
The reaction came after the region’s health board proposed last week to “consolidate beds at Mundubbera Multipurpose Health Service and to provide primary care facilities at Eidsvold”.
I was born and raised in Eidsvold. It’s my home and the people at the hospital are like family to me.
THE message of the people of Eidsvold was loud and clear – “hands off our hospital”.
More than 400 people gathered at the community hall on Monday night.
They were there to show their support for the town’s hospital after a proposal from the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service board last week “to consolidate beds at Mundubbera Multi-purpose Health Service and to provide primary care facilities at Eidsvold”.
Last week, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said the Eidsvold Hospital would not close but residents remain anxious about the future of their health services.
Wide Bay Health and Hospital Service board chairman Gary Kirk apologised to the community “for the emotional upheaval” the announcement caused.
Mr Kirk said the board was focused on providing a model of care that was “in the best interests” of the Eidsvold community.
But residents were clearly still upset and tensions simmered, as Mr Kirk delivered his speech.
Board members addressed the town meeting and stressed the proposal was only the beginning of a consultation process.
But community member Julie Tye was troubled the proposal was drafted without any consultation.
She described the situation as “most unsatisfactory”.
“Not one of these board members approached an Eidsvold community member,” she said.
“Reductions in services or the closure of the hospital will have far reaching ramifications for the community.”
Several community members received applause and standing ovations, as they stated their dissatisfaction with the board members.
“I don’t believe this board is capable of running a chook raffle,” one resident said.
Eidsvold community member Peter Webster called on Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg to review the performance of the board.
“The community has no confidence in the board’s capacity to deliver health services to us,” Mr Webster said.
A steering committee will be set up to provide community input into the future of the hospital.
And a meeting will be held today to further discuss the situation between key stakeholders.
Member for Callide Jeff Seeney said he was pleased to see the board and the Eidsvold community working together to ensure the provision of health services.
HANDS OFF: Oscar Chapman is one of the six permanent aged care patients at Eidsvold Hospital.
HOSPITALSUPPORT: More than 400 residents fill the EidsvoldCommunity Hall to voice their concerns about the future of the local hospital.