Finally, a permanent boss

By Julia Iles

AFTER watching his wife die at the hands of former Bundaberg Base Hospital surgeon Jayant Patel, Charlie Williams is hopeful the appointment of a new Bundaberg and North Burnett Health Services District Manager will bring positive changes.

It is the first time since the 2005 investigation that the position has a person permanently appointed.

Stepping into the role is former district manager of Charleville, and later Gympie Health Services, Pattie Scott.

"I think a woman might just fit the role, as they have different ways of handling situations," Mr Williams said.

"If she is anything like my late wife Grace, who used to listen and give good advice, she'll be great."

Based in Bundaberg, Pattie Scott has taken the position of Wide Bay Health Service district manager and could not be more pleased.

"I am delighted to have moved to Bundaberg because this combined district enables me to work in both regional and rural settings," she said.

She will focus on primary health care and the management of quality of life, not just the management of illness.

"It is all about having the right services in the right places at the right time," Ms Scott said.

In addition, she has more than 20 years experience in Queensland Health and a background in nursing and hospital management.

Ms Scott has worked in mental health, drug and alcohol services as well as experience in community health, hospital management and health care planning.

"I am keen to continue the good work that has been achieved during the past two years and to ensure comprehensive health planning is conducted to cater for the growth of Bundaberg and North Burnett health districts," she said.

She shares nine children between herself and partner Ken along with seven grandchildren.

"Moving here was also to be closer to my family," Ms Scott said.



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