Debate rages among CH locals: Are our resources good enough?
AVAILABILITY of health services in the region has sparked debate among residents.
After the cause of death of Blackwater toddler Ruby Chen was published in Friday's Central Queensland News - the three-year-old died of an air embolism, a pathological condition caused by gas bubbles entering the vascular system during medical procedures - comments have been made on our website about the region's medical services, and lack of resources for rural communities.
"I do not care what area people live in, what walks of life we come from, here we should have the same opportunities to access the basics in life," one reader said when speaking of the medical services provided to rural areas.
Comments on the issue quickly turned to the resources available and costing, with one reader stating residents would have to pay extra tax if they expected to have "full-blown hospitals in tiny communities," and questioning if people were concerned about the services, why live in Blackwater and not a large place?
An Emerald resident responded stating residents could not all choose where they lived. Work commitments affected people's location, the resident said, and sourcing treatment in a larger city was not the answer.
"Why should we have to fly to Brisbane or wait 12 months to see a specialist people in the city can see any day of the week? Walk in our shoes before you make comments like the ones you have."
A Toowoomba resident said it was "time for people to understand hospitals - fully staffed, fully resourced is going to cost $$$$ and the best place to provide resources such as CAT scans is in major centres".
A reader was disheartened by the comment.
"You are saying families should not work or live in regional Queensland and not expect proper medical care unless they pay extra taxes. I bet if you had a very sick child you would expect help," their reply read.
* What do you think? How can services to regional areas be improved and still come under budget? Post your thoughts below.