Maternity fraternity leading the push

THE Save Emerald Birthing movement is leading the revolution for change in service delivery at Emerald Hospital.

Following on from last week’s pram-packed community forum at Emerald Town Hall, spokesperson Larissa Burnett said a meeting on Wednesday resolved to:

Fight for Emerald Hospital to separate from Queensland Health’s Central District and stand alone as a health hub;

Attract a team of doctors with the necessary level of skills and confidence to make decisions on their own;

Have a sustainable, safe and consistent birthing service linked to a tertiary hospital in Brisbane or Townsville, and;

Demand good communication and transparency from Queensland Health.

Mrs Burnett said an online community forum for Save Emerald Birthing would hopefully be up and running next week, as an alternative for those who choose not to access Facebook.

“The momentum with this issue, to me, feels huge, with the media coverage and overwhelming community support,” she said.

“We are a town with a booming birthing popoulation, and we want to be our own health hub separate from Rockhampton.”

Yesterday, the Federal Government announced city doctors could receive up to $120,000 for relocating to the bush with 500 communities reclassified as regional.

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