COMM11008 – Blog One
By Amanda McRae
A highly controversial topic within the community regarding the much needed ‘Accident and Emergency upgrade for the Gladstone Hospital’, has been in the planning stage for years (Bunting 2016). Members of the community agree with the State Member that something needs to be done.
“The Gladstone Hospital Accident and Emergency Centre, currently doesn’t meet the standards of hospitals,” said Labor, State Member for Gladstone, Mr Glenn Butcher (Hutchinson 2016, n.p).
Taking it further, to a community petition addressed to Federal Government, Member of Flynn, Ken O’Dowd to make a critical investment in our public health system. Petition story link.
Source: 7 News Central Queensland, Facebook page (2016, n.p).
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said, “The community needs and deserves contemporary health services that meet today’s healthcare standards, and that is what we’ll provide,” (Jambour 2016, n.p)
The visual plans are now in place. “With the support of his party, he hopes to continue and fast track development”, said Mr Butcher (Hutchinson 2016, n.p).
“This is a great win for Gladstone and I am thrilled to be able to kick start this vital project for our community,” Mr Butcher said (Jambour 2016, n.p).
The funding announced months ago, has been set aside for the new Accident and Emergency upgrade of the Gladstone Hospital (Hutchinson 2016).
“Whilst speaking to the minister, I did outlay my concerns that this is taking a long time to get going”, said Mr Butcher (Hutchinson 2016, n.p).
“Great that he is listening, great that he has taken it away to have a look,” said Mr Butcher, “If we can get this hospital upgrade started sooner rather than later, it would be much better for our community,” (Hutchinson 2016, n.p).
The outcome of this upgrade would have a tremendous flow on effect, boosting town morale to start.
To stimulate the local economy of the Gladstone region, which is currently facing a downturn as the Minister for Health is aware of, Hutchinson (2016) reports, with an injection of funds from the Turnball-Coalition government to the region. This will produce much-needed jobs, in areas of construction, health and more.
Most importantly improve the current standards of Health Services in the Accident and Emergency, acknowledged by the State Member, Mr Butcher (Hutchinson 2016), for the patients/carers, staff and community. With the new and much needed modern, state-of-the-art facility, doubled in size, in the Gladstone Region (Annette 2016).
Seven Local News Gladstone link to Gladstone Hospital Plans story above (aired 10/08/16). Source: Seven Local News Gladstone (2016).
Annette, T 2016, Gladstone department will double in size with $42m upgrade, 7 July 2016, Gladstone Observer, viewed 11 August 2016, http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/gladstone-hospital-42m-emergency-upgrade-details-u/3057702/
Bunting, P 2016, Comments blog, 7 News Central Queensland, Facebook page, viewed 11 August 2016, https://www.facebook.com/7NewsCQ/videos/1052451521499057/
Butcher, G 2016, Glen Butcher, Member of parliament, Facebook page, viewed 11 August 2016, https://www.facebook.com/GlennButcherMP/
Hutchinson, E 2016, Gladstone hospital plans, 7 News Central Queensland, Facebook page, viewed 11 August 2016, https://www.facebook.com/7NewsCQ/videos/1052451521499057/
Jambour, A 2016, Palaszczuk Government to deliver new Gladstone Emergency Department, viewed 11 September 2016, http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/2/1/palaszczuk-government-to-deliver-new-gladstone-emergency-department
Palaszcuk, A 2016, Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Twitter, viewed 11th August 2016, https://twitter.com/AnnastaciaMP
RACQ 2016, ‘RACQ Capricorn helicopter’, Twitter, viewed 11 August 2016, https://twitter.com/caprescue
Save our hospitals, 2016, viewed 11 August 2016, https://www.communityrun.org/petitions/save-our-gladstone-hospital?source=facebook-share-button&time=1463833049
Queensland Government, Queensland Health website 2016, ‘Gladstone Hospital’, viewed 11 August 2006, https://www.health.qld.gov.au/services/central-queensland/gladstone’.asp