Premier to hear about any hospital problems: Maddern
MARYBOROUGH MP Anne Maddern says she will take any adverse clinical outcomes from Maryborough Base Hospital straight to the Premier.
Mrs Maddern's comments were made after former Queensland Health pathologist Eric Donaldson said blood collection and testing had suffered at Maryborough after the closure of the pathology department in December.
Dr Donaldson, a former pathologist with Queensland Health, told the Chronicle earlier this week that patients at Maryborough were disadvantaged because of reduced collection hours.
In response to Dr Donaldson's comments, Mrs Maddern said that, although she didn't agree with the decision by Pathology Queensland to close down the pathology lab in Maryborough, her concern was that patients at the hospital received clinically safe care.
"Pathology services at the Maryborough Hospital are being provided safely and within clinically acceptable time frames," she said.
"I have been regularly checking with the CEO of the Wide Bay Health and Hospital Service, Mr Adrian Pennington, to ensure that the services are being provided safely and effectively.
"My goal is to ensure safety of patients at the Maryborough Hospital is paramount.
"If, in the future, I am provided with evidence of adverse clinical outcomes, I will be going straight to the Premier to ensure appropriate measures are taken."
Mrs Maddern said there had been one case where results were not returned within the appropriate time.
Measures were taken to address the delay, she said.
Mr Pennington had told her there had been no adverse clinical outcomes since responsibility for blood collection was taken over by staff from Hervey Bay Hospital.
Mrs Maddern said particular care was being taken to make sure an appropriate level of service was maintained, in view of additional medical services now run from Maryborough Hospital.