Council seeks avenues for more health funding
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE City Council will go to member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham to seek advice on State Government allocations for the Gladstone Hospital.
After the handing down of the recent state budget the council was concerned by the lack of funding for local health services.
'I have no doubt that we got shafted again and will continue to get shafted,' Cr Chris Trevor said at a recent council meeting.
The council moved a resolution that it would ask Ms Cunningham for advice before going to Minister for Health Gordon Nuttall.
However, it is already obvious Ms Cunningham is likely to support a meeting with Mr Nuttall after describing the funds allocated for local health as 'disappointing'.
Gladstone hospital got nothing from the budget that had already not been announced, with the update of staff accommodation the biggest ticket item.
After a meeting with Mr Nuttall, the council will take its concerns to Premier Peter Beattie.
Crs Matt Burnett and Gail Sellers belong to the Health Council and will also use their positions to help push for further hospital funding.
Cr Burnett said he believed there should have been an allocation of funds for more local doctors in the state budget, something which was desperately needed.
"Obviously we need more money so we can get more doctors,' he said.
'The reason I joined the Health Council was because of the position the Gladstone Hospital is in.
'There are wards closing down and a lack of staff.'