Medico: Inquiry bypass lets us get on with the job

DR KIM Bulwinkel understands why some people are upset the new Queensland health inquiry will not include Rockhampton Hospital.

Commissioner Geoff Davies said this week he would not have time to investigate Rockhampton Hospital.

It was a decision, however, that Australian Medical Association Queensland (AMAQ) Capricorn representative Dr Bul winkel said he also understood. "Issues were raised in both the Morris Inquiry and Foster Commission,'' he said.

"It's in the best interest of the community not to have this drawn out for a further four to six months. It means that we can get on with what needs to be done.

"I am glad for the sake of the community but sad for the sake of colleagues who had raised issues and that they were not allowed to run their full course.''

The news has drawn a mixed reaction from both sides of the political fence.

Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten encouraged people to come forward if they had concerns and raise them with Commissioner Davies.

"It is a Royal Commission and I am sure that if he (Commissioner Davies) makes the judgment that he needs to come to Rockhampton that the he could ask the Premier for an extension of time,'' he said.

Queensland Nationals Acting Leader Jeff Seeney said an opportunity to fix public health would be wasted if the inquiry was cut short.

"It is totally unrealistic for this Commission of Inquiry to have to report by November 30,'' he said.



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