Messenger wants inquiry

MEMBER for Burnett Rob Messenger has written to the Queensland Ombudsman seeking an investigation into Gladstone Regional Council about the lack of a general practitioner in Agnes Water.

Mr Messenger claimed the council was covering up the fact it received more than $1.2 million in government grants to deliver primary health care, including a GP.

But the council said it was doing everything within its power to ensure Agnes Water residents had access to the vital service, which they had not had since May.

Council community services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Maxine Brushe said Agnes Water already received a greater degree of medical services than other regional centres of its size, but the council would continue to push to have a GP service in place by the end of November.

“Medical services are not a council responsibility, but it has chosen to get involved in Agnes Water in the interests of securing a GP service,” Cr Brushe said.

“Council does not do this anywhere else in the region.”



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