GRAVE CONCERNS: The service expects an increase in missions to Moura if medical services are reduced.
GRAVE CONCERNS: The service expects an increase in missions to Moura if medical services are reduced. RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Service

Chopper service under pressure if no hospital in Moura

THE RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter Service will struggle to cope with the increase in demand to Moura if the State Government announces the services available to the local community will be reduced.

CRHS chief executive Kay Becker said the service averaged one mission to the region per week and expected the figure to increase with the reduction of available medical care in the town.

"We are very concerned about the possibility of the reduction of services or closure of the hospital," Ms Becker said.

"It's a high-risk area. If you look at the area - there is mining, an explosives plant, the rural industry, and there is a fairly substantial FIFO and DIDO workforce there."

Camp provider Village National, which acquired the Moura Caravan Park as part of its central Queensland holdings, has approval for an 80-room development and has applied for another 270 rooms in the region.

Ms Becker said the industry increase in the region would put added pressure on medical facilities, including the rescue service.

Acting Premier Jeff Seeney said the government would work with the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services Board to maintain services.


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