Promise of $1.5 million CT Scanner in Mareeba if re-elected
MAREEBA Hospital will receive a new CT scanner if the Palaszczuk Government is reelected.
Labor Candidate for Cook Cynthia Lui said that as after f listening to health concers, Mareeba residents would no longer have to travel to Atherton or Cairns for CT scans.
“A CT service in Mareeba will mean that a diagnosis will be available sooner, and patients will be able to access that service at Mareeba Hospital, rather than being transferred to Cairns,” Ms Lui said.
“This is another great example of how the Palaszczuk Labor Government is supporting the residents of Mareeba – on top of record funding and staff for Mareeba Hospital.”
Ms Lui said every year around 500 patients at Mareeba Hospital were referred to Cairns or Atherton for CT scans.
“Having a CT scanner on site will mean huge savings in terms of time and travel for patients, and for the nursing staff and medical officers who accompany them to off-site services,” she said.
“The reduction in the number of transfers to Cairns will also reduce pressure on the Queensland Ambulance Service, who facilitate the transeeba fers.” Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the new CT scanner which will cost $1.5 million, is expected to be up and running within six months if re-elected.
“Mareeba residents can be assured that Labor has no plans to close or downgrade health services,” he said.