If anyone has ever been critically ill, had an accident, bringing a new life to your family or had to take a loved one to a public hospital, you understand the dire need for a solid and responsive public health system.
These times are trying times and quality care and the resources to provide effective and immediate response is crucial. Outside of the emergency department, there are many departments that link in to provide effective and immediate care. These include, Pathology, X-Ray and Imaging, Renal Unit, Maternity, Ward Staff and Pharmacy to name a few. If these departments are not funded and resourced and held to the tight regulations enforced by the public sector, then profits above health will prevail.
We are already seeing attacks on Medicare with co-payments and a fee to use the emergency department. It seems that the Newman Government and Abbott Government is set on destroying our public health system. It seems that the Liberal and National Coalition and LNP in QLD do not give a damn about the sick, frail, elderly and disabled. I hope the people reading this do.
The Newman Government has been attacking our Public Hospital system, since their first day in office, as can be seen by the many press releases from the QNU
Many regional towns service wide communities, inclusive or surrounding and rural areas. Many regional towns only have one public hospital, like Rockhampton Base Hospital.
What will occur when the only public hospital in the region is privatised? The Newman Government is now on the attack to privatise the Rockhampton Base Hospital. The intellectual capital and dedicated staff could also be lost, as well as decisions not to invest in the latest technology, as they will be after all, profit driven and not health driven. Many will argue that there are many fine Private Hospitals; but these come at a price with revenue feeding in and fee paying patients. The people who rely on a public system, cannot afford to have care curtailed due to a focus on profits, when there is a different revenue stream to a Private Hospital. If cost didn’t affect operations, the public would have had access to the Private System for years at no charge.
Please write to your QLD State and Federal member and have this stopped. Regional areas cannot afford such a move to privatisation. Even if you traditionally vote Liberal or National, if you want to prevent this privatisation, at the next election, please vote for a party that is not LNP, nor one that preferences LNP at the next election. Please talk to volunteers at the voting booth and do your homework. Regional areas cannot afford to lose our Public Hospital system. Please…for the sake of the people who need it, even if you don’t.
I’ll leave you with this news report about the privatisation of Rockhampton Hospital. It must be stopped.