Borzi talks up about hos­pi­tal

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS -

CON­CERNS about the Ma­reeba Hos­pi­tal grow with COAG fund­ing com­ing to an end on Satur­day Septem­ber 30.

Con­cerned mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are call­ing for a long-term so­lu­tion for the hos­pi­tal to be made pub­lic.

For­mer Ma­reeba mayor Mick Borzi said with the end of the COAG fund­ing just around the cor­ner he is com­ing out of re­tire­ment to fight for Shire health ser­vices.

Mr Borzi said it is time to push for ac­tion.

He said the Cairns and Hin­ter­land Health and Hos­pi­tal Ser­vice (CHHS) board has known the fund­ing will stop since last year and have stood idly by and seem to ap­pear to have done lit­tle to en­sure the long-term con­tin­u­ance of the highly-pa­tro­n­ised out­pa­tients fa­cil­ity that has op­er­ated at the hos­pi­tal for decades.

“Th­ese com­mu­nity peo­ple and res­i­dents are work­ing to keep the out­pa­tients and hos­pi­tal ser­vices open to the pub­lic in the short and long term de­spite tacit in­ac­tion and se­rial back flips on the out­comes of dis­cussed so­lu­tions on the part of the CHHS, the re­cently formed Pub­lic Health Net­work and the State Health depart­ment at lo­cal, re­gional and at the high­est lev­els of gov­ern­ment,” he said.

Mr Borzi said he was part of a meet­ing in May that out­lined what is hap­pen­ing at the hos­pi­tal.

He said after the May meet­ing they met again on July 12 and were in­formed about the pro­posal of Ama­roo tak­ing over the bulk billing clinic and that meet­ing fea­tured some heated dis­cus­sions and ques­tions about the guar­an­teed longevity.

He said since then a meet­ing that was to be held on Au­gust 23 had been post­poned a num­ber of times.

“Just over an hour be­fore the sched­uled 1pm (on Mon­day, Septem­ber 25) meet­ing time I re­ceived a call ad­vis­ing that the doc­tor was too busy and that the phar­ma­cist did not have some­one to take over the phar­macy,” he said.

“Surely be­cause of the im­por­tance of the meet­ing, which had been post­poned for over a month, proac­tive steps could have and should have been taken to en­sure that this meet­ing went ahead – it was not an “out of the blue” ar­range­ment.

“This was sup­posed to be a valid and ar­ranged dis­cus­sion be­tween com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and health pro­fes­sion­als.

“They have shown noth­ing but col­lec­tive con­tempt for the com­mu­nity at large - the very peo­ple who rely on the re­spon- sible op­er­a­tion, man­age­ment and se­cu­rity of health ser­vices and care.”

The Ama­roo Bulk Billing Clinic will open on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 3.

Cur­rent out­pa­tients will be con­tacted by writ­ing re­gard­ing the changes. To com­ment on this story: ed­i­to­rial@table­land­news­pa­pers. com.au face­book.com/table­land­sad­ver­tiser

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