Loss of hospital services
I AM concerned about the potential loss of services at the Chinchilla Hospital.
Maternity services, and particularly the birthing service, has been on bypass for four months now and has no foreseeable reopening timeframe.
Without this service, it is likely that the operating theatre will also be closed.
This will lead to fewer medical staff trained and familiar with managing patients with reduced conscious states such as occurs in more serious accidents or illnesses.
Doctors skilled in anaesthetics and obstetrics or nurses with similar training will not come to Chinchilla without this service opportunity.
This decision is therefore about much more than just a birthing service.
Cost is a factor but so is our community concern and I want community debate and input on this matter.
The government and its public service need to know we value and need the support of our district hospital.
Our community makes a huge contribution to the state economy and deserves a well-staffed and equipped hospital.
That means both staff and physical facilities.
Recruitment of suitable numbers of trained staff, midwives, general nurses and doctors is the current concern but attracting these depends on the facility being operational.
I have worked with most of the current staff and they do a great job, often going beyond the usual expectations of being on call to maintain the service.
This situation is not sustainable in the longer term and needs proactive management to prevent further decline in services.