Thumbs up for de-amalgamation

FRASER Coast councillor Gerard O'Connell has applauded Queensland Health's decision to de-amalgamate the Wide Bay District Health Service with the Sunshine Coast.

The amalgamation took place on September 1, 2008.

Mr O'Connell, who is part of the Fraser Coast Health Focus Taskforce, described the amalgamation of the districts as “regressive” and said the new focus on the Wide Bay and Fraser Coast would give greater focus to health issues in the region.

He was also looking forward to meeting the new district chief executive, Ken Whelan.

“We're coming back to a more localised service,” he said.

Mr O'Connell said he would be exploring the concept of a local hospital board, which would incorporate local business and political leaders as well as medical staff to discuss moving the region forward and the expectations of the community when it came to health issues.



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