Cannonvale x-ray closure announced
RESIDENTS and staff are shocked at the news that Cannonvale Queensland X-Ray clinic will be forced to close tomorrow.
Cannonvale Queensland X-Ray chief radiographer Tom Bels said Queensland X-Ray had told him the clinic was not financially viable and would be forced to close.
He said the closure was a direct result of Medicare rebates for medical imaging services such as x-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI, not being indexed by the government since 1998.
Cannonvale Queensland X-Ray staff were given two weeks’ notice.
Queensland X-Ray spokesperson Dr Bruce Leibowitz said he hoped the local community understood that they were unable to sustain a private imaging service in the Cannonvale region.
He said the clinic was relocated from Airlie Beach to Cannonvale in a bid to boost long-term sustainability, but with Medicare rebates not increasing and the service available at Proserpine, it would be unsustainable to continue providing private imaging in Cannonvale.
Local residents will now have no choice but to travel to the Proserpine Hospital which has X-Ray and OPG services.
Manager of the Coffee Club in Port of Airlie, Brad Williams, was one of the many local residents who was shocked to hear of the closure.
When he arrived at the service on Tuesday afternoon with a suspected cracked rib from an inju- ry received under duress, he was not aware of the imminent closure.
“More needs to be done to keep these services local, because Proserpine is too far to travel if someone is seriously injured,” he said.
CLOSING DOWN: Cannonvale Queensland X-Ray chief radiographer Tom Bels will close the doors of Cannonvale Queensland X-Ray clinic tomorrow.