Appointments delayed

FUNDRAISING efforts by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation have been hampered by bureaucratic red tape, with the Heath Minister blamed for not confirming re-appointment.

The 2009 annual report tabled in parliament last week says from November 2007 the board was not legally allowed to meet until they were re-appointed, which did not happen until July 2008. It was not until 2009 that a chairman was appointed.

Bundaberg Health Services Foundation chairman Janet Tallon said the foundation had made a comment about it in the report because that is what had happened, but that delays in re-appointments had very little impact on the day-to-day organisation and running of the organisation.

Mrs Tallon said donations were still able to be accepted and programs that had been in place were still able to go ahead.

Deputy Premier and Health Minister Paul Lucas said he had been told fundraising efforts had remained ongoing while board appointments were being finalised, with the foundation continuing to take up fundraising opportunities during this period as appropriate.



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