Health care prognosis is touch ’n’ go: acting editor

EDITORIAL: I'm sure many will agree the LNP is responsible for a "turn-around" of the Fraser Coast's health care.

The only point of contention will be which direction that turn has been - for better, or for worse.

Premier Campbell Newman is clearly feeling very positive about the facilities our region has on offer.

There are many who lack his fervour, however.

It's true that the Fraser Coast has had significant funding boosts in some areas, new facilities have been opened and waiting lists slashed for cancer treatment, orthopaedics and oral health.

It's also true that Maryborough's pathology unit was closed, planned mental health unit upgrades for Maryborough and Hervey Bay were scrapped, Health and Community Care packages were restructured, and Yaralla aged care home privatised.

Then there was the debacle about Hervey Bay's intensive care unit being downgraded, and there's also been the highly publicised stoush over doctors' contracts, with medicos all over the state raising concerns about working conditions.

Time will whether the Fraser Coast's health services are really better or worse under the LNP government.

In the mean time, my question is this: If the Premier lived on the Fraser Coast and relied on its hospitals and doctors to look after his family, would he be quite so confident in our world-class health care?



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