Nursing home debate fires up

By NATALIE SMITH

DEBATE over Yeppoon's Nursing Home is getting heated.

Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan addressed a meeting for residents and their families yesterday after- noon but other community mem- bers are already angry about the possibility the nursing home may be closed and 40 residents moved.

Last week Mr Hoolihan said there was a proposal to move the beds to private care providers, if the Feder- al Government approved of the idea.

Cr Desley Rial was the Livingstone Shire Council representative for the Livingstone Action Group who met with Queensland Health representa- tives in May 2003 to discuss the Yep- poon Nursing Home's future.

"From that meeting it was ex- plained that there would be a recon- struction of both the Yeppoon Hospi- tal and the Yeppoon Nursing Home and although they were going to be two projects they were going to co- exist on one site,'' she said.

"This is a real slap in the face to this community particularly our aged people, considering the prom- ises that were made in the past.''

Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan said yesterday if the State Govern- ment facility was closed it did not mean that the number of beds al- ready allocated for the Capricorn Coast would lessen.

"That meeting in May 2003 was to discuss the possible future, there were no concrete decisions made,'' he said. "If people have got ques- tions I've got no hassle about going out and talking to people about this,'' he said.



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