MP supports petition for full-time paediatrician in Kingaroy
NANANGO MP Deb Frecklington has expressed her disappointment that no funding was included in the state budget to help secure a full-time paediatrician in Kingaroy for South Burnett families.
"We have children in our region waiting up to two years for an appointment,” she said.
"For a growing child, this can mean the difference between a good outcome or a lifetime of struggle.”
The South Burnett Under 4s Network are petitioning to highlight the need for a full-time position in Kingaroy with 229 residents so far signing their support.
Mrs Frecklington said she was pleased to work with the group to highlight the need and support the petition.
"As the petition says, South Burnett children are missing out on vital paediatric services due to lengthy wait times and the need to travel to Toowoomba or Brisbane for an appointment,” she said.
"It's unacceptable and our kids deserve better.”
Mrs Frecklington sent a letter to Queensland health minister Steven Miles in December 2018 on behalf of South Burnett families asking how often the paediatric clinic operates at Kingaroy Hospital, the current wait times, whether new referrals are being accepted and plans to reduce the current wait time.
Mr Miles said the Kingaroy Hospital Paediatric Service was accepting new referrals and patients assessed as urgent are referred to Toowoomba.
He said category two and three, semi urgent and non-urgent patients were accepted locally and seen within expected wait times, which can be up to a year for non-urgent cases.
Mrs Frecklington said she was disappointed with the response from the health minister that showed he "doesn't understand the difficulties parents face trying to have their children seen by a specialist.”
"On behalf of the community, I will be presenting the petition to the Queensland Parliament so we can keep pushing for this vital service,” Mrs Frecklington said.