Qhealth negotiating for permanent solution for eye patients

PUBLIC-private partnerships will continue to be used to address a chronic shortage of eye specialists on the Fraser Coast.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services chief executive officer Adrian Pennington said negotiations between Wide Bay HHS and Queensland Health began last week to create a permanent solution for eye surgery on the Fraser Coast.

"It is proposed that the Wide Bay HHS in the first instance would try to appoint a specialist to develop a service and/or work in partnership with local private providers," he said.

Mr Pennington said there were no longer any patients on the waiting list for ophthalmology surgery, after 289 people received their surgery between March and June this year through the Surgery Connect program.

Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen told the Chronicle last week the negotiations were being held to ensure the waiting list never blew out again.

Both Hervey Bay and Maryborough Base Hospitals stopped taking referrals for procedures such as cataract surgery in 2011 because Wide Bay HHS is not funded to provide the service.



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