Cannonvale x-ray clo­sure an­nounced

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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