News

Hundreds turn out for Eidsvold hospital meeting

HOSPITAL SUPPORT: More than 400 residents filled the Eidsvold Community Hall.
HOSPITAL SUPPORT: More than 400 residents filled the Eidsvold Community Hall. Brandon Livesay

THE people of Eidsvold's message was loud and clear - hands off our hospital.

More than 400 people gathered at the community hall last night to voice their concerns about a proposal to close the hospital.

Last week Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said Eidsvold Hospital would not close, but residents remain anxious for the future of their health services.

Wide Bay Health and Hospital Service board chair Gary Kirke apologised to the community "for the emotional upheaval" the announcement had caused.

Mr Kirke said the board was focused on providing a model of care that is at the best interests of the Eidsvold community.

But Eidsvold residents were clearly still upset and tensions simmered as Mr Kirke delivered his speech.

Board members addressed the town meeting and stressed that the proposal was only the beginning of a consultation process.

Community member Julie Tye was troubled that the proposal was drafted without any consultation, describing the current situation as "most unsatisfactory".

"Not one of these board members approached an Eidsvold community member," she said.

"Reductions in services or the closure of the hospital will have far reaching ramifications for the community."

Several community members received rounds of applause and standing ovations as they stated their dissatisfaction with the board members.

"I don't believe this board is capable of running a chook raffle," one resident said.

Eidsvold community member Peter Webster called on Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg to review the performance of the board.

"The community has no confidence in the board's capacity to deliver health services to us," Mr Webster said.

A steering committee will be set up to provide community input into the future of the hospital.

A meeting will be held on Thursday between the board's chief executive Adrian Pennington, chair Gary Kirke, North Burnett Regional Council, community leaders and Eidsvold's community advisory network to further discuss the situation.  

Topics:  community, eidsvold, hospital, meeting




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

OPINION: Pauline Hanson supporters deserve a voice

SPEAKING OUT: Pauline Hanson is a love or hate figure who is sure to spark controversy.

My Two Cents with QT journalist Adam Davies

Ipswich the place to fill up the tank

RELIEF: Coffs Harbour fuel costs have remained fair in the lead-up to the long weekend.

RACQ benchmark fuel price near you

Blues under most pressure after selection gamble

Anthony Breeze

NSW can still win State of Origin game one

Latest deals and offers

Cameron Smith talks about 37 Origins

Cameron Smith, the most Origin games by a Queenslander.

Qld Captain Cameron Smith talks about his record-breaking 37 Origin appearances.

Winternats New Sponsor

The Ipswich City Council has taken over as the major sponsor for the 2016...

Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce tour Rockhampton sweet potato farm

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce visit a...

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago