More needs to be done in health

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - — Tobi Loftus

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.

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