Suffering with medical condition

07.04.2018

Have suffered with a medical condition for 23 years. Awaiting an operation at Nambour hospital. Category 2. Disputes with contracts have meant my procedure is two months overdue. Have been unable to work for 14 months now due to severe pain and fatigue. I am blessed to have an expert surgeon performing this delicate operation. I have never been able to afford private health cover due to being a sole parent with minimal income. It is our god given right to have the best medical care possible regardless of financial status.. Why should a politician have the right to play god and sabotage the lives and Healthcare of the Australian people and the medics who strive to deliver top care to every Australian regardless of status. Due to being at the mercy of my condition and the disgusting Qld disputes my life has been placed on hold for 16 months leading to severe depression and at times hopelessness so severe that i felt unable to go on. Nobody should be punished and made to suffer because of a financial pecking order. It is inhumane. It is a violation of our rights as human beings . It is shockingly abusive and totally un Australian. This is supposed to be The Lucky Country . What a joke.

Susanne bosward
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Keep our doctors

08.04.2014

We need our senior medical officers (SMOs) in our public health system, we need their specialist skills and knowledge to train our future Doctors. Our patients need them in order to receive the best possible care, as without SMO we will have very inexperienced junior doctors and this will be unsafe for Patients, doctors and nurses.

Bottom line without SMOs we will have NO public health care system.
This will affect all healthcare workers and the QLD public.

No doctors = No Nurses = No patient care

Angela

Public Hospital Doctors

08.04.2014

My father is quite ill with a condition that will eventually kill him, he is on borrowed time. Several times in 2013 he was admitted into the public hospital system and the outlook was not good. The only reason he is still with us is because of the unwavering dedication of the emergency and specialist doctors that attended to him. These men and women on the front line of health care are absolutely priceless, they need to be put on a pedestal and worshipped. These super humans are very well trained and absolutely dedicated to prolonging life, if there is the slightest chance of someone surviving they will fight against all odds to maintain that precious gift we call life. These doctors do not deserve to be treated with contempt and held to ransom, they deserve every cent they earn and every hard won condition they currently enjoy. It is criminal to take this situation to the brink, our doctors need, nay, must stay where they are. If we lose them our health system will fall apart. I beg of you Mr Premier and Minister to drop this nonsense and let these men and women do what they do well…heal the sick, fix the injured and sustain life.

Stephen

Outrage at Campbell Newman comment

08.04.2014

I was outraged when I heard Campbell Newman say he could replace our doctors with doctors from overseas. Insult to injury to our hardworking Qld doctors AND, a recipe for more J Patel incidents – not to mention taking doctors from countries where they are badly needed. Mostly though, I thought about about my own doctor – and the previous Qld doctors I have had over the years. They have all been hard working, caring professionals who deserve better than our current Premier! I support, value and appreciate out Qld medical professionals.

Lorraine

Patient Welfare

08.04.2014

I want doctors to make my children’s medical treatment decisions based on best medical practices of the day and not based on some half-whit, morally corrupt, politicians political ideology.

Alan

A BAD CHILDHOOD ILLNESS

08.04.2014

Like most children, I had the usual illnesses, chicken pox, measles, mumps, German measles. However the very worst, which I still remember for its severity and pain, over fifty years later, was scarlet fever. I was only eight at the time, and I may well have contracted the illness myself by accidentally falling into a scum filled stagnant lagoon which had this huge sign at the front – “Swimming Prohibited by Order of Council” on it. I had been trying to get my Mum some water lilies which grew in the lagoon for Mother’s Day and I accidentally fell into the lagoon. (Of course I never told anyone.) I didn’t tell Mum about my sore throat, and kept on taking ice cubes from the refrigerator and sucking on them. Then I started feeling hot and sweaty and had a headache so I hid in a cupboard wondering if this was what “prosecuted” meant. (I was only 8 years old.) However during the night, in bed. the fever escalated. It felt like I was about to spontaneously combust like my body was on fire. My throat was so painful I didn’t want to breathe. Eventually my moaning woke my Mum and I was rushed up to our little public hospital. By this time I was unconscious. I woke late next afternoon, to find cheerful nurses around the bed, “Welcome back, sunshine!” one said. I was given some cold jelly to suck. Delicious! Then the male Doctor came around. “Hello young lady!” he said. “Been swimming down the creek, your Mum tells us. You didn’t jump in the lagoon, did you?” Sick as I was, I still tried to lie, by shaking my head, so fearful was I of this “prosecuted” whatever it meant. “Well, never mind,” said the Doctor, “you’re going to get much better now, but you did give us all quite a scare!” Years later, my Aunt, a nursing sister, confirmed how sick I was. “You very well could have died!” So my Aunt confirmed that my young life had been saved by the doctor and nurses in our little public hospital. I remember it always, not just the pain and trauma of scarlet fever but how kindly I was treated by the medical staff. We need our public hospitals, not only in the cities, but also in the country and Far Western region of Queensland. They save lives!

Alison

Townsville: home to great healthcare

08.04.2014

I am an Allied Health professional who worked at the Townsville Teaching Hospital when I left university.

All of the team I worked with were exceedingly professional, wonderful with patients, and dedicated to the best health outcomes for each of those patients.

The doctors I worked alongside were tireless and amazing, constantly going above and beyond for their patients. Our service covered a large proportion of the northern part of Queensland and remote communities. For those patients, it took a lot of coordination and communication to organise their treatment and transfers, but it got done.

I could not have hoped for a better start to my own career, with the great encouragement and teaching I received from Queensland Health staff.

I also have to thank the Obstetrics and Gynaecology teams, who helped my best friend bring her three girls safely into the world, and for their care of her third child, giving her the best outcome possible by using an expensive but promising immunological regime. Without them, I would not have the joy of these three wonderful girls.

In my own experience as a patient in Queensland’s public health system, I could not have asked for more compassionate and kind treatment.

Everyone knows these doctors could make more in private practice; they could regulate their hours better and not have their medical knowledge undermined and questioned. Don’t betray regular Queenslanders by the falsehoods that you’ve been spreading, making these dedicated doctors out to be anything less than dedicated and community-minded professionals. They deserve to have say in their patient treatment, in their hours and workplaces, and that should not be up to a third-party not interested in their health or work-life balance. Not everyone can afford private health care, and we need a system that can support everyone.

Sophie

Nurses perspective

08.04.2014

I work in hepatology at the RBWH. I couldn’t hope to work with a more caring or dedicated team of specialist physicians and to say this is just about money is a total misrepresentation of the truth. I can see what this is doing to our health system and it is devastating. Contracts that link KPIs that directly relate treatment decisions with pay cuts are unethical. The media coverage and hense the public perception of what the dispute is really about is a farce. The flow on effects of the resignations that will and are happening will cause massive disruption to our health system.
I believe the doctors contracts are just the beginning of a roll out of work contracts throughout Qld and probably Australia.
I fully support the doctors.

Deborah

They are saving lives…support them!!

08.04.2014

Here’s to Newman and Springborg who were very much on my mind Friday night. They were on my minds because I spent most of the evening in the Emergency Dept at Cairns Hospital. My husband had an accident at home and was rushed by ambulance to an extremely busy ED but despite all the chaos going on around us (including a chopper coming in) he was cared for by the amazing, talented, respectful, educated, kind and caring medical staff. As mentioned, I had these two men very much on my mind, as I also, proudly work at Cairns Hospital in Pathology and couldn’t help but wonder how they would feel if a loved one of theirs were in the same bed my husband was in and they were sitting in the seat I was sitting in watching what amazing work our senior doctors, junior doctors and nurses do. Of course that would never happen because they would not use the public system, only private for them I would imagine. My husband was taken to surgery and is home now and I am so grateful for the work these wonderful people do under extremely stressful conditions. They have our 100% support and hope they continue to fight for their patients. Newman and Springborg, let these people do what they are trained and committed to do and let them get on with their jobs. Until you can go in and save lives give them the respect to do what they do best.

Sandy

Medical staff at public hospital are needed to keep the public cared for and healthy.

08.04.2014

Letter of support to medical staff:
I am a member of the public who uses the state governments public hospital services, including specialist services.

I remember the recent times where a lack of adequate medical staff resulted in members of the public being placed at risk by inappropriate staffing decisions. One of these times was at the Bundaberg Hospital. It involved members of the public losing their lives due to inadequate management of medical staff, such as medical staff being expected to work long hours with inadequate supports.

Since that time a response was made by the previous government to address these pressing concerns. Increases in medical and specialist staff have been made to public hospitals. Safer procedures were put in place of earlier procedures. These changes were absolutely necessary.

From my understanding, since the current Qld Government has come into power medical staff are again experiencing increased stressors, such as, longer hours and fewer supports.

Additionally, medical staff at public hospitals are now being coerced into signing agreements which are viewed by a majority of these professionals, and the solicitors that advise them, to be unsafe for them and the public who use their services.

As an Australian citizen and a Queensland residence, I want to state now that in my opinion it is not acceptable that medical staff, who provide medical support for members of the public, to be placed in situations that they believe are unsafe for them and for the members of the public.

sincerely,
Lauretta