Bus run is not out of the picture

SECURING funding for the Gladstone Medical Rotary Bus isn't looking as bleak as it was several weeks ago, with MP Glenn Butcher working with the CQ Hospital and Health Board to find a solution.

The free bus service that transported patients to Rockhampton for specialist treatment stopped running on June 5 after Santos GLNG's ongoing funding ran out.

Mr Butcher organised a preliminary meeting with chief financial officer of the CQ Board Nik Fokas to discuss possibilities.

Senior Rotarian Len Woodman said the meeting had been positive.

"I got the impression Nik is actively working to try and overcome bureaucracy that is there in the health department," he said.

"They haven't given us the opportunity to access the patient subsidy scheme yet so that's where we are working at the moment. We are fairly confident a solution will be found." Mr Butcher said he was committed to finding a solution as quickly as possible.



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