Foley urges to join task force
MARYBOROUGH MP Chris Foley has urged the main men behind the Fraser Coast Health Focus Group to put aside the argy-bargy and come on board the Community Health Task Force he has set up.
In an email to Gerard O’Connell and Paul Cotton, Mr Foley invited the councillor and the doctor to join up and to feel free to contact him with questions.
The Maryborough MP had not received a reply yesterday morning. Both Mr O’Connell and Dr Cotton told the Chronicle they had no plans to join the task force.
Mr Foley decided the time was right for restructure before Christmas when he decided to set up a health group with “expansive medical expertise” and which was “truly representative of the medical fraternity” on the Fraser Coast.
Mr Foley said he had championed the opinions of Dr Cotton in state parliament in the past.
“That is a single GP’s opinion. The task force will offer a broad college of opinion. It’s a who’s who of medicine on the Fraser Coast.
“In the future I will be able to give the task force anything that Queensland Health gives me. This gives us a chance to ground-proof everything.”
The first test will come when QH releases its report on a clinical audit of Fraser Coast hospitals, sanctioned by health minister Paul Lucas late last year.
“I made it very plain to Mr Lucas that Hervey Bay Hospital is bursting at the seams and we have spare capacity here in Maryborough.
“He reacted by setting up an audit of the relationship between the two hospitals, what services are done where, what services could be moved around.”
Mr Lucas indicated to Mr Foley that he would be happy to get feedback on the report.
“This is almost the start of proper dialogue. We’re all on the page of shared services.”
Mr Foley said he was expecting the report to be available at the end of the month.