Cer­tain fu­ture for bulk billing

Tablelands Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

MA­REEBA has se­cured a bulk-billing ser­vice at Ma­reeba Hospi­tal af­ter two meet­ings were held this week with con­cerned com­mu­nity groups and stake­hold­ers.

Ama­roo Med­i­cal will be con­tracted to pro­vide a bulk­billing Gen­eral Prac­tice (GP) Clinic at the hospi­tal for nine months.

Dur­ing that nine month con­tract Cairns and Hin­ter­land Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice (CHHHS) will put out ten­ders for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est.

Fol­low­ing the ten­der­ing process the suc­cess­ful ten­der will carry-out fur­ther GP bulk­billing ser­vices at the Ma­reeba Hospi­tal.

KAP can­di­date for the state seat of Cook, Gor­don Ras­mussen, said this was a win for the Ma­reeba com­mu­nity.

“The im­por­tant thing is that a bulk-billing ser­vice will re­main at the hospi­tal,” he said.

“De­spite this win, the Save The Ma­reeba Hospi­tal Group will con­tinue to fight for ser­vices to be main­tained and im­proved at the hospi­tal.

“In a meet­ing on Thurs­day, CHHHS chief ex­ec­u­tive Clare Dou­glas said that GP ser­vices at the hospi­tal will be main­tained by Queensland Health now and in the fu­ture.

“Even if Ama­roo win the ten­der there will still be a GP Clinic at the Hospi­tal and it will be run by Queensland Health.”

Mr Ras­mussen said the Save The Ma­reeba Hospi­tal Group will con­tinue to pe­ti­tion to keep vi­tal ser­vices in Ma­reeba such as the ster­il­iza­tion unit, hav­ing at least one dial­y­sis unit, a Pal­lia­tive Care Unit and re­turn­ing the Chil­dren’s Ward to its full func­tion­al­ity.

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