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Officials say patients win with privatised imaging

HEALTH officials have hit back at unionists' claims the impending privatisation of medical imaging services in central Queensland public hospitals will result in reduced services for Gladstone patients.

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service CEO Len Richards said Gladstone Hospital patients would be winners in the privatisation plan.

"The firms offering their services in our initial discussions say they will provide extra services including Computed Tomography (CT) at Gladstone and Emerald hospitals, increased on-site coverage in Gladstone Hospital and for, the first time ever, limited hour radiology services at Gladstone Hospital," he said.

CQHH Board chair Charles Ware weighed into the debate, with a letter to the editor published in The Observer today.

"Suggestions that this will result in a reduction of services are simply untrue," he said.

A spokesperson for the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service said offers were now being evaluated.

"We're hoping to have a proposal to put before the board at its August meeting," she said.

POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS FROM PRIVATISATION

 New on-site CT service for Gladstone

 Additional on-site CT and x-ray service hours

 On-site radiology in Gladstone for a minimum of 15 hours per week

- Source: Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service

Topics:  gladstone hospital, health, medical imaging, privatisation




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