Gladstone Hospital resourced as a rural facility: doctor
A SENIOR clinician has told the ABC that Gladstone Hospital is resourced as if it were a rural facility, despite it being in a major regional city.
"GPs with special interests in emergency management, aesthetics, paediatrics - a GP based model is appropriate for a population of approximately up to 20,000," the doctor said.
Commenting after the death of Gladstone woman Emma Green's baby in the womb, the doctor said the hospital's administrators were ignoring serious concerns over patient care, and warned the health board the current situation would result in someone needlessly dying.
The ABC has seen a document that shows the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board had until recently understated Gladstone's population by almost half.
The hospital has no emergency medical specialists, only one obstetrician and is otherwise staffed by GPs.
The document is from October last year and it says about 35,000 people live in Gladstone, but the region's population is actually 60,000.
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Independent Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham said on Thursday the incident was a tragedy that should never have occurred
"Our hospital here has been trying for years to have service improvements," she said. "We should be able to have our babies at our local hospital."
Mrs Cunningham said the tragedy was avoidable.
"No mum should have to go through that and steps should be taken to make sure it doesn't happen again."