Hospitals in denial: RDA
GLADSTONE Hospital is in a state of disarray and fails to acknowledge it, according to the Rural Doctors Association (RDA).
RDA Queensland president Dr Dan Halliday believes the Queensland Health system is being neglected to the deteriment of the community.
“There is a perception that Queensland Health isn’t an employer of choice because there has been long standing issues which has led to the degradation of services particularly in places like Gladstone and Biloela to the determent of the people in the community,” Mr Halliday said.
“That perception is held by communities and by medical staff and health staff alike. While we recognise it is a difficult perception to fight it must be addressed. Unfortunately Queensland Health continue to ignore the situation.”
Queensland Health’s deputy director of General Policy, Strategy and Resourcing Division Michael Cleary said the Gladstone community can be confident they are receiving quality health care.
“The recruitment of staff in rural and regional areas has been a challenge both in Queensland and across Australia. It is not isolated to a particular geographical area,” Mr Cleary said.
“Queensland is the most decentralised state, however, it leads the nation in developing innovative solutions.”