Gerard O'Connell is asking Health Minister Paul Lucas
Gerard O'Connell is asking Health Minister Paul Lucas "What's the plan?" Peter Holt

Report ‘just states obvious'

A HOSPITAL report published by Health Minister Paul Lucas is only stating the obvious, Gerard O'Connell claimed last night.

The Fraser Coast councillor and erstwhile chair of the Fraser Coast Health Focus Group has seen little to raise his medical hopes in the 10-page report.

“It just seems to me we're still devoid of a plan that's sustainable and committed to the future,” he said.

“It's good news. I certainly acknowledge that sort of financial commitment.”

Mr O'Connell has maintained his long-running call for a definitive health delivery strategy for the Fraser Coast to be put in place since his health focus group merged with another health lobby group to become the Fraser Coast Health Focus Taskforce.

“What the audit says should not surprise anyone. We have two hospital campuses that need to be interactive with each other. It's stating the obvious.

“Apart from the new CEO for the Wide Bay Health District, what's going to be provided for the citizens of the Fraser Coast? What's the plan?”

Mr O'Connell pointed to the 2031 strategy being developed by the Fraser Coast Regional Council as an example of a proper roadmap.

He claimed the Fraser Coast Services Review, prepared by the Queensland Government's Planning and Co-ordination branch and Health Planning and Infrastructure division, had not consulted sufficiently with relevant local stakeholders such as GPs, allied health workers, aged care workers and nurses.

He said it appeared the region's MPs – Ted Sorensen and Chris Foley – were also “just recipients of the report like the rest of us”.

“What services are going to be implemented in the next 12 months, the next five years, the next 10 years?

“It's a summation of what anyone with a passing interest in health on the Fraser Coast already knew.”



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