News

Esk needs doctors

FUTURE CONCERN: Somerset Regional Ratepayers Association president Stephen Barraclough.
FUTURE CONCERN: Somerset Regional Ratepayers Association president Stephen Barraclough. Contributed

Although the meeting was cheered to hear the Esk Hospital would not be closing, many residents remain concerned about the lack of doctors in the town.

Ms Dwyer also apologised to residents if the board meetings with the Somerset Regional Council had caused confusion about the hospital's future.

Instead, she said the discussions were aimed at identifying what services were being used and what services would be needed in the future, in order to ensure the hospital met the community's expectations.

Ms Dwyer said the board commissioned a study that showed Esk residents were under-utilising available services, a situation she put down to a lack of knowledge of what services were offered at the hospital.

Ms Dwyer acknowledged the lack of GP services was serious, but pointed out Queensland Health did not issue the Medicare Provider Numbers needed for doctors to write prescriptions that could be claimed under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

She said while doctors at the hospital could write prescriptions, without the federal subsidy, the hospital's budget would need to cover any difference in the cost of drugs.

While residents accepted this situation, many also expressed concern about referrals to Ipswich-based services that were also available at the Esk Hospital.

This included ante-natal services and the diabetes clinic, with doctors requesting patients travel to Ipswich for the same treatment.

Jan Allan, secretary of the ratepayers' association, called for the hospital to talk to the community in "plain language", to avoid misunderstandings.

State Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said there was a need to make the community "welcoming" to a GP, to encourage them to set up a practice.

Topics:  esk hospital, health care


Stay Connected

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

League legend heads to the South Burnett

MEET A LEGEND: Justin Hodges heads to the South Burnett on Friday.

League legend heads to the South Burnett

Men charged with possessing child exploitation material

Two men from Wattle Camp and Booie have been charged.

Two men charged with possession of child exploitation material.

Iconic Murgon business moves into new territory

Murgon War Memorial, Lamb St. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

Iconic Murgon business moves into new territory

Latest deals and offers

Things to do in the South Burnett these school holidays

SCHOOL is out for two weeks, and that means plenty of fun is in store across the South Burnett.

League legend heads to the South Burnett

MEET A LEGEND: Justin Hodges heads to the South Burnett on Friday.

League legend heads to the South Burnett

Men charged with possessing child exploitation material

Two men from Wattle Camp and Booie have been charged.

Two men charged with possession of child exploitation material.

Iconic Murgon business moves into new territory

Murgon War Memorial, Lamb St. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

Iconic Murgon business moves into new territory

Will we see snow this weekend?

WINTER WONDERLAND: The Bunya Mountains are painted white with ice in Winter last year.

Will we see snow in the Bunya Mountains this weekend?

How our rates compare to other regional councils

South Burnett Regional Council's rates include water and utilities.

YOUR rates are not as high as you think they are.

Gaming and art come together for fundraiser

Family Art and Fun Wiikend at the Blackbutt Hall on June 25 and 26

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

F1 pit stop in 1.92 seconds

Williams team make 1.92 second pit stop.

Williams Formula 1 team change all four tyres in equal fastest time ever.

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"