MSC fears for fu­ture of town’s hos­pi­tal

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GROW­ING con­cerns about the fu­ture of the Mareeba Hos­pi­tal has prompted lo­cal gov­ern­ment to in­vite the Health Min­is­ter to give a check-up on the fa­cil­ity.

Mareeba Shire Coun­cil has writ­ten to Health Min­is­ter Cameron Dick ask­ing him to come to Mareeba, with his Di­rec­tor Gen­eral.

Coun­cil has asked for a meet­ing to ad­dress com­mu­nity con­cerns re­gard­ing the fu­ture of the Mareeba Hos­pi­tal and the level of ser­vice it will de­liver in the fu­ture.

Mayor Tom Gil­more said the com­mu­nity needed to know what the State Gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tions were for the town’s hos­pi­tal.

He said Mareeba’s pop­u­la­tion had reached a level where it would no longer qual­ify for ad­di­tional hos­pi­tal fund­ing from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment beyond Oc­to­ber 2017, through the COAG agree­ment.

“The coun­cil’s con­cern is that the State Gov­ern­ment will not make up the short­fall of ap­prox­i­mately $2 mil­lion a year in or­der to main­tain the cur­rent level of ser­vice,” Coun­cil­lor Gil­more said.

“The hos­pi­tal is cru­cial to this com­mu­nity and we are very con­cerned after see­ing what ap­pears to be a re­duc­tion in ser­vices.

“There is a high level of com­mu­nity con­cern about what is hap­pen­ing at the Mareeba hos­pi­tal and the coun­cil­lors will do what­ever they can to en­sure that the State does not di­min­ish the stan­dards of this crit­i­cally im­por­tant fa­cil­ity.

“We need to know what the in­ten­tions of the State Gov­ern­ment are.”

Mareeba Shire Mayor Tom Gil­more.

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