04 Sep COMMUNITY MUST RALLY FOR HOSPITAL CHANGE – SIGN THE PETITION NOW
‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not!’ – Dr Seuss
Gladstone Region residents are being urged to back an online petition holding the Queensland State Government to account regarding the conditions at Gladstone Base Hospital. The petition states that the Gladstone Region, which is home to approximately 63,000 people and contributes an estimated $4.77 billion in Gross Regional Product has been significantly affected by the recent closure of services from the Mater Private Hospital and the low investment over many decades in Gladstone Base Hospital infrastructure. It states that the facility has not kept up with the growing demands of the community, and these compounding factors contribute to the difficulty that the region has in attracting and retaining specialists and GP services.
“Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to urgently consider and expedite upgrades to the Gladstone Hospital to include a minimum of four operating theatres, more hospital beds, the incorporation of an Intensive Care Unit and any other necessary upgrades to generally increase the Gladstone Hospital’s ability to deliver consistent level 4 services to the growing needs of the community,” the petition states.
The petition which was launched three weeks ago by Councillor Kahn Goodluck and strongly supported by BITS Medical Centre’s Dr Gaston Boulanger, at the time of going to print it, had gathered just over 3800 signatures. Both Councillor Goodluck and Dr Boulanger urge more members of the community to band together and sign the petition to send a strong message to the State Government that this issue is not going to go away!
After attending Wednesday’s community meeting where over 30 local GP’s and community stakeholders were in attendance to support this petition, and after attending the CQ Health press conference the following day it is obvious that a united community message is what is needed for our requests to be heard and taken seriously!
To sign the petition visit; https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/petition-details?id=3172#content