Truss win to boost Dialysis care
THE QUALITY of life for Fraser Coast renal dialysis patients now being forced to travel to Gympie and Brisbane for care may rest in the hands of voters today.
Member for Wide Bay and Nationals leader Warren Truss has promised the Coalition would provide up to $200,000 to fund six dialysis machines at Maryborough Hospital if elected.
“This commitment will make a real difference to the lives of many people not only in Maryborough but also in Hervey Bay and Gympie,” Mr Truss said.
“People from Maryborough will no longer have to travel to other hospitals to access care. It will also help to reduce the need for people from Hervey Bay and Gympie to travel to Brisbane for dialysis.”
Maryborough dialysis patient Rose Casey welcomed Mr Truss’s promise.
“I have to travel to Gympie three times a week,” she said.
“Dialysis in Maryborough would be so good. The travelling makes me very tired. I get up at 5am, sleep on the bus, then I’m on the machine, I sleep on the bus again and when I get home I go to sleep – that’s my life.”
Mr Truss said: “We believe the need for dialysis machines at Maryborough Hospital is so great that no government can afford to ignore it and they should be delivered as soon as possible.”
He called on Labor’s candidate for Wide Bay, Nikolee Ansell, to match his commitment so the renal dialysis machines could be secured for the Maryborough Hospital.
Ms Ansell said Labor was investing in GP super clinics to take pressure off hospitals.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Deputy Premier and Health Minister Paul Lucas replied to the Rotary Club of Maryborough’s request for dialysis facilities to be installed locally saying the Hervey Bay and Maryborough hospitals “could not and would not be identical clones of each other”.
“It is unfortunate that, due to immediate demand and to relieve the pressure on the Fraser Coast Health Service, some patients have been requested to travel to locations where renal dialysis capacity exists.
“To support patients required to travel, the district has offered return transportation at no cost to the patients.”
Labor also said that Mr Truss and the Coalition had 12 years to fix health and had instead consistently ripped funding out the system while in government.