Prom­ise of $1.5 mil­lion CT Scan­ner in Ma­reeba if re-elected

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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.

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