Claims are being made that the Gladstone Hospital is undermanned, under-serviced and under-equipped.
Claims are being made that the Gladstone Hospital is undermanned, under-serviced and under-equipped.

Ploy to run down hospital

DOCTORS, nurses and patients claim the Gladstone Hospital is deliberately being run down by redirecting services to Rockhampton.

The Observer has been contacted continually by health professionals working at the hospital – as well as by patients – claiming that the hospital is under-serviced, under-equipped and understaffed.

In May, a doctor who had just left the hospital in disgust told The Observer he couldn't stay on any longer because of bad procedures, little assistance and practically no equipment.

“Don't get me wrong,” said the doctor who still works for Queensland Health and would like to remain anonymous.

“The staff do the best they can, but the Gladstone Hospital is completely under-serviced.

“We have to send patients away up to Rockhampton for simple procedures because there aren't enough doctors,” he said.

“Queensland Health will tell you nothing; the culture is to deny, deny and to deny again.”

Only yesterday The Observer was contacted by a Gladstone Hospital patient who needed a simple appendectomy in Rockhampton. “I was sent to Rockhampton in an ambulance, but when I was checked out some hours later I was given a bus ticket to get back to Gladstone,” he said.

A nurse working at the Gladstone Hospital contacted The Observer two weeks ago and asked, “How much more does the Gladstone Hospital need to be downgraded?”

“The budget for the Gladstone Hospital is being cut badly,” the nurse said.

“Why is it that the Rockhampton Hospital seems to get everything and no budget cuts like the Gladstone Hospital?

“Patients are being sent home only to reappear the next day due to being discharged too quickly,” she said.

Queensland Health has continually denied the allegations and claim they have all the equipment required for a hospital servicing a town the size of Gladstone.

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