Borzi talks up about hospital
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.
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