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    Minister for Health
    The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

    Rural Mums Benefit LNPs latest health reforms

    Minister for Health
    The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

    Sunday, June 10, 2012

    Rural Mums Benefit LNPs latest health reforms

    RURAL DOCTORS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE: Rural mums will benefit from an expanded flying obstetrics and gynaecology services (FOGS) as part of the LNP’s latest health reforms to ensure Queensland Health is focused on front-line services.
    The new health package for rural mums, which also includes the first phase of re-opening rural obstetric and procedural services, comes hot on the heels of a string of reforms already announced by new Health Minister, Lawrence Springborg, including the LNP’s decision to empower local communities with new hospital and health boards and the announcement of an overhaul of Queensland Health’s corporate office.
     Mr Springborg made the announcement at today’s annual conference of the Rural Doctors Association Queensland which included his commitment to establish a Rural and Remote State- wide Clinical Network.The roll-out of packages for rural Queensland includes the re-opening of obstetric and procedural services at Beaudesert Hospital by July 2014, the expansion of flying obstetrics and gynaecology services (FOGS) out of Roma, and commencement of a plan to re-open obstetric and procedural services in other regional and rural locations.
    “Today’s commitments ensure remote and rural patients can access high-quality health care,” Springborg said.
     “Currently, Queensland Health has a contract with the Royal Flying Doctor Service for FOGS out of Roma. I intend to more than double the size of that service by expanding the contract, in a series of stages, from the current 400 flying hours each year to up to 1000 flying hours.
    The Minister said Queensland Health was a department that had been battered and bruised by the former Labor government for decades.
    “The previous Labor government just dropped the ball when it came to delivering front line health services for rural Queensland and every other part of the state,” he said.
    “Our promise to fix Queensland Health means increasing and re-establishing important health services that were neglected or decommissioned under the former government, especially in rural Queensland,” he said.
     “We are sorting out the payroll debacle, we have introduced hospital and health boards to start from July 1, and we are restructuring corporate office. Another step in the process is re-establishing vital rural services.

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