Health Minister gives Gladstone Hospital a check-up

Minister prescribes PR drive to cure ills

GLADSTONE'S health services have been given a check-up, with state Health Minister Lawrence Springborg suggesting a public relations campaign would help issues at the Gladstone Hospital.

Independent member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham invited him to meet with health professionals previously employed at the hospital, as well as Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board members, and other medical practitioners.

The group raised wide-ranging concerns with Mr Springborg in a three-hour meeting at Gladstone City Library.

Mr Springborg said he was committed to addressing long-term problems for the hospital, including staff retention, recruitment and morale.

But he warned negative community attitudes also created retention issues.

"People talk the hospital down and when you're trying to attract clinicians, they don't want to apply," Mr Springborg said.

"The quality of service and the passion of the people that work there is very good.

"A plan has been put in place to the highlight the positives."

Mr Springborg said better collaboration was required between Gladstone Hospital and the Mater Hospital to attract specialist doctors, who could then work across the public and private systems.

Discussion

Health is a key priority for community members

The effect of lack of services on recruitment and retention of industry workers

Deterioration in the breadth of services offered at Gladstone Hospital

Number of doctors and specialists employed in the region

Further collaboration between both hospitals