More needs to be done in health
LAST Sunday I spoke with Jenny and Malcolm Brown about Jenny having to travel regularly to Bundaberg to undergo dialysis treatment (see page 6).
What I heard from Jenny was a heartbreaking story. Overall, she is only at home for one-and-a-half days a week, because of her treatment.
That is one-and-a-half days to see her children. One-and-a-half days to see her grandchildren.
Out of the 366 days this year, she will only have been home for 78 of them. That is not good enough.
Surely our health services, that we all pay for with our taxes, have an obligation to look after Jenny and the other people in the region who are going through what she is.
People should not have to move away from their homes, from their loved ones, from everything they know, just because they are sick. Especially when installing a dialysis machine at one of the hospitals in the region could help fix that issue.
Mayor Rachel Chambers put the issue a good way.
“It’s important because we don’t want to lose people who have to travel just because of a medical condition,” she said.
“If we don’t have the services available here, people are less likely to utilise them in other areas.
“I don’t want people to leave and to suffer just because they live out here.”
More needs to be done to help our region’s sickest people and it needs to happen now.