Lo­cals anx­ious over hospi­tal

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

COOK MP Billy Gor­don has threat­ened to block the State bud­get if the gov­ern­ment does not agree to a list of de­mands for Ma­reeba Hospi­tal.

The con­tro­ver­sial cross­bencher was among al­most 800 peo­ple – in­clud­ing health bosses – who at­tended a pub­lic meet­ing in Ma­reeba on Tues­day night.

Res­i­dents at­tend­ing the meet­ing claimed sev­eral ser­vices have ei­ther been down­sized or are in dan­ger of be­ing cut at the hospi­tal, in­clud­ing the to­tal num­ber of pa­tient beds, the emer­gency de­part­ment, the ster­il­i­sa­tion unit, and main­te­nance and se­cu­rity staff.

A vote of no con­fi­dence in the Cairns and Hin­ter­land Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice (CHHHS), and Health Min­is­ter Cameron Dick was passed at the meet­ing.

Sev­eral res­o­lu­tions were also passed, in­clud­ing that “the State Health Min­is­ter iden­tify and re­lo­cate else­where those per­sons who have been re­spon­si­ble for the re­duc­tion in ser­vices at Ma­reeba.”

Mr Gor­don said he would for­mally write to Mr Dick out­lin­ing all con­cerns raised and ask for a guar­an­tee that ser­vices won’t be cut now, or in the fu­ture.

“I feel the con­cern in the com­mu­nity about the hospi­tal and I do un­der­stand the needs of the hospi­tal here in Ma­reeba,” he said. “I will not be sup­port­ing the gov­ern­ment’s State Bud­get if they do not agree to the res­o­lu­tions out­lined.”

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