Boyce: Heads MUST Roll

Federal Member for Flynn, Colin Boyce has called for heads to roll as another milestone ticks by for the Gladstone Hospital maternity crisis.

Mr Boyce said it has been 200 days since the Gladstone Hospital maternity unit was put onto bypass.

“Gladstone Hospital serves a regional city of 60,000 and surrounding towns including Biloela. The maternity unit delivers about 600 babies a year and has been on bypass since July 8,” Mr Boyce said.

“On October 13, the Queensland Health Minister, Yvette D’Ath announced planned caesareans were set to resume at the Gladstone Hospital, almost 100 days after the maternity unit went on bypass.

“People are fed up; they have had enough. We need action and we need it now.

“Heads need to roll over this failure and it starts with the Health Minister, Yvette D’Ath, Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher and Central Queensland Health and Hospital Service Board Chair, Paul Bell.”

Mr Boyce also took a swipe at the Gladstone Mayor for his silence on the matter.

“As a community, we must band together and advocate as a whole for the restoration of 24/7 maternity services at Gladstone Hospital,” Mr Boyce said.

“However, we have seen almost nothing from the local Gladstone Mayor who seems to be more about protecting the Labor party rather than fighting for his community.

“The Gladstone Mayor needs to stand up for the Gladstone region and join the communities call to say enough is enough.”

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