Hospital to win its independence

A HEALTH revolution designed to give Ipswich a voice in the direction of their hospital was announced by Health Minister Lawrence Springborg yesterday.

Legislation introduced into State Parliament formalised the introduction of the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service, to be governed by the West Moreton Hospital and Health Board.

The board will govern public hospitals and health services in Boonah, Ipswich, Esk, Laidley and Gatton.

Mr Springborg said the move was the first step in "devolving" Queensland Health and handing power to the community.

"We are returning to hospital boards in Queensland so that local people can work with local clinicians to run hospitals," he said.

The boards will consist of up to eight members who represent a number of community roles.

Mr Springborg said the chairpersons will be announced today and they will appoint a CEO and recruit board members.

The move to hospital boards is to allow services to adapt to the needs of the community and remove the red tape created by Queensland Health.

As the Queensland Health devolution continues, staff will be hired by the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service rather than Queensland Health.

"That's one of the issues we will be tackling. We are returning to staff being employed by the local hospital," Mr Springborg said.

Bundamba MP and Shadow Health spokesperson Jo-Ann Miller was sceptical about the lack of details released.

"As with every piece of legislation the Newman Government has announced so far there is no detail released," she said.

"I would like to see the full details of the proposed legislation and would hope once introduced the legislation would go to a committee so regional communities who are affected by the changes can have their say."

New boards

  •  The West Moreton Hospital and Health Board will be in place on July 1.
  •  The chairperson of the board will be announced today.
  •  17 boards will be established to run Queensland's 128 hospitals.


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