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22 May 2013

CHANGES IN HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT BOARD - NO PATIENT OR NURSING REPRESENTATION NOW


The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital Board made virtually secret changes to its membership in the last week.  Margaret Cochrane and Dr. Henry Glennie (no relation) were removed from the board, and replaced by another accountant, Bruce Peden, and a pharmacist, Mario Callana.

This leaves the board now with no one representing specialist doctors, an area of specific knowledge at a hospital that has problems attracting specialists.  And no nursing representation, despite the fact that nursing is the largest group of hospital employees with direct service delivery responsibility.

So the board now is run by UnSir Bob Norman - his skills are well known to the Chamber Members who twice rejected him.  Two accountants, Peden and Carolyn Eagle, who have previously colloborated as auditors of the Cairns UnRegional Council.  A lawyer, Leeann Bou-Samra who as a lawyer represented insurance companies; Dr. Peter Smith, GP; and Mario Calanna - his chemist shop ads bombard us daily.

Under the Health Boards Act 2011, members selected are SUPPOSED to include "persons with knowledge of health consumer and community issues relevant to operations of the Service", "where relevant, persons from universities, clinical schools, or research centres with expertise relevant to the operations of the Service".  The newly-formed board has neither of these represented (consumers and the university) despite the fact James Cook University uses the Cairns Base as a teaching hospital and part of their program.  This leaves the board short of the Guiding Principals under the Act.

There is no restriction on the number of board members in the legislation - and the six member board in Cairns is abusing the community by failing in their duty to put a balanced board before the public.

Darling Downs region - 9 members, run by esteemed former Parliamentarian Mike Horan.
Gold Coast region - 6 members including strong representation for both the community and nurses
Cape York region - 6 members
Central Queensland - 8 members
Townsville region - 10 members


And a comparison of the Central Queensland Board web pages and that of Cairns shows a striking difference. CQ makes available Board Agendas, adopted resolutions, their calendar, and direct email contacts with the board.  Typical public information and proffered by most of the others.  Cairns?  Two board reports that are little more than press releases.

Oh, but they did seek the public's comment on removing the word "Base" from Cairns Base Hospital.  There's some real community engagement!  

Once again, Cairns is poorly and inadequately represented.  

One local said to us beamingly a few weeks ago - "when I've got something to say to the hospital board, I write directly to Bob Norman's private email address and he gets right back to me".  More violations of Queensland Public Records Act???  We all remember how this worked before. . .



38 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's Bob the Hospital Builder's personal or job email address? I have an personal issue. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what Margaret did to Sir Wobert to get herself sacked?

Anonymous said...

From the Health Boards Act 2011:
"(1) A board consists of 5 or more members appointed by the Governor in Council, by gazette notice, on the recommendation of the Minister"

If you consider that the make-up of the current board is contrary to the Act, you should immediately report that to the Minister for Health's office for investigation:
http://www.qgd.qld.gov.au/hlt-minister.html

JETHRO said...

This is just appalling that there is no specialist, nursing or educator representation on the Board. It seems all organised for Sir Bob to take orders from Brisbane and then pass them on to a passive group who will collect their salaries without a whimper.

Vi L. Schumm said...

How are the appointments made in the first place? If this is supposed to be community representation, precisely how does the community get a say? To have no specialist doctor or nursing representation is scandalous!

Anonymous said...

Like the boot camp business ViL. It is scandalous. A common theme with the local lnp salary stealers and this government

CBD Warrior said...

This HBW blog is really something special. Not only do they go after the makeup of the local health board, they show concretely how we're being shortchanged with these poor, hillbilly decisions. Look at the quality of people on any of these other boards, and look at the mouth-breathers we've got running our hospital. It's shocking that we keep getting stuck in this way, and more shocking that we no longer have the media out there defending us. Long Live HBW!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that both Cocky as she likes to call herself and Dr Glennie would have expressed views and acted in a manner that unsettled and upset Unsir Bob and he would have taken action to get rid of them. Thats the way he works. His way or the Highway!!!

Destiny Prophet said...

2 phrases gave me great laughs:

Dr Henry Glennie (no relation)

esteemed former Parliamentarian Mike Horan.

Anonymous said...

UnSir Bob really is a nasty piece of work! It is hard to believe he is the offspring of Sir Robert, a major benefactor to the Cairns community over his long life. He was typical country party through and through but a man of his times, but his son is very much the white shoe brigade and has done nothing for our community except take from it for personal gain. The old bloke must be turning in his grave in disgust.

Anonymous said...

UnSir Bob, another rat feeding on the spoils of lnp greed

Anonymous said...

Boot Camp to the left
City revival to the right
Nothings being done, Gavin's Kings not insight.
Pass the buck to Trouty he knows.
Just ask his brother Backhoe.
People in Hospitals being sacked, I smell a rat Sir Bob and Gavin's Kings cutbacks.
Vote for LNP they said, so of I went and did as they said, now Cairns is fucking dead.
Give me a break Gavin says, we've only been in 12 months and 1 day.
I heard the other day Campbell has had his say, Cairns Makeover no way.
Gavin feels he has sinned and now he's run out of spin.

Anonymous said...

Geez Wanking your fucking good ,whats the next spin you can walk on water Just read his fakebook

Anonymous said...

Cochrane got the job as a pay back from the LNP for running against Shier and taking votes from her. They knew that she would never by elected as Mayor. She was USED by the LNP and has had a good 12 months of top-up super to be thankful to them for. What a joke they are.

Anonymous said...

The brisbane Courthouse was sold today. Proceeds were meant to pay for the CEP, but no more...Thanks Gav, well done !

Anonymous said...

King has cost this city dearly. To the tune of well over $100 million in funding.

Anonymous said...

Cocky was my local Councillor for a while and can be best described as a political animal with limited vision for her local community. Her decision to ruin Val's chances at the last local government election re-affirm that she is really a bitter and twisted individual, who has now been well and truly buggered by her beloved LNP mates and left to fester for her retirement years. Cocky, a supposed patron of the arts and concerned for the youth of our city will be long gone before we ever see a decent CEP in this city. That will be her legacy, sad but true.

Anonymous said...

Glennie was a private specialist anyway and has never worked at Cairns Base! He proudly told colleagues that he was going to get his own private business products installed at the hospital, even though his colleagues run a mile when we see him. Word at the water cooler at Cairns Base said it was only a matter of time before both of these incompetent board members were shafted.

I thought Glennie and Callana were business partners.

Anonymous said...

Single minded voters of this city and region empowered these lnp tyre kickers. Anyone person capable of reading a newspaper saw exactly what sort of fuckhead the paperboy was, yet people in this city voted for him. Any person with an IQ over the cost of their lunch could see the mayor and his dick suckers like, james, cooper and the old fisherman are yesterday, yet people in this voted for them. The vision of the selfish leaves a terrible legacy. Nothing

Jan from Kewarra said...

Now that we have a real doctor on the Board, perhaps Dr Smith, can tell the residents of Cairns, why it has taken 14 months for a patient diagnosed last March with painful gall stones and who was referred to the CBH surgical clinic, is still awaiting for an appointment at the clinic, let alone, waiting time to see the surgeon, let alone waiting time for her surgery!!

I for one do not believe that someone should have to wait 14 months for an appointment. That is just bizarre and totally unacceptable! A patient could die in that time frame!

Dr Smith's first priority should be a thorough investigation of the barriers stopping patients accessing services at the Hospital and then doing something about this injustice. It is something that the previous board have completely failed to tackle in their first 12 months in office.

Bob R. said...

Mackenzie manipulated and used Cochrane as a tool to scuttle the Entertainment Precinct and Val Schier's chances of re-election. He flattered and buttered up Cochrane and gave her all the air space possible. She was too egotistical to see she was being manipulated. Yes Cochrane's legacy will be decades of wait until the region is able to acquire a new performing arts theatre and a regional museum.

jim-bob jnr said...

The fact that there is no patient representative on the Hospital Board only confirms the view that they don't give a shit about patients. Just getting whatever the Newman Government wants.

Second Anonymous said...

Good question - who appointed these people to the board. Local LNP branch meeting perhaps?

Anonymous said...

Cockraoch was a disgraceful back stabber, undermining Val Schier at every opportunity for her own political ambitions. King and McKenzie gleefully exploited the poor deluded woman. Hello Maaaarg and all the hillbillies would ring up, slobbering all over her while sticking it up Va, cheered on by McKenzie.The Deputy Mayor never ever stood up for the Mayor during these anti Val campaigns. She should have either backed the Mayor or resigned as deputy.

Anonymous said...

Second Anon the answer is YES

Anonymous said...

Wow, check out the breadth and depth of experience and talent on the CQ Hospital Board. So much for Rocky being a hick town! Our Board is being led by a failed ice cream salesman.

Wendyaway said...

Ask specialist Dr Henry Glennie about his relationship with the Taxation Dept and how much he claimed after Cyclone Yasi?

ruby said...

Jan from Kewarra, I have it on good authority that surgical waiting times have blown out enormously and patients may soon be referred to Townsville Hospital. I believe the psychatric war is also full up and one of my close relatives had to wait in outpatients for almost a night before a bed could be made for her emergency recently. Things are going bellyup at the Hospital but the Board is keeping the lid on.

Ivor said...

Cochrane will probably bob up as adviser to new city place or similar,from one perk to another.

Second Anonymous said...

Cochrane, with her background on the council's sport and recreation committee will probably score a plum LNP appointment as supremo of the rectangular stadium reference panel...or similar.

Anonymous said...

Fortunately McKenzie has more important things to deal with.Most of the program was given over to people whinging about cyclists. The "former minister " for brown paper bags must have managed to escape from his padded room and was allowed to vent his vitriolic hatred towards cyclists and everybody else completely unrestrained. He reckons cyclists should be licenced and registered and made to get a broom , so they can remove broken glass from the bike paths themselves. Even Manning was struggling to take the toxic fool serious.What a sad and bitter old man. Pearl still finds it necessary to stick her nose into Cairns business and is also given unlimited airtime to make stupid jokes and talk endlessly about nothing of consequence. Health anyone ? Please don't mention it. We don't want to embarrass the local LNP boys club now do we ?

Destiny Prophet said...

Anonymous 23/5/13 14:05

I'm studying in Rocky.

This is no hick town.

They love their sport and they love their culture - they'll pack the footy ground one day and the Pilbeam Theatre the next and see no contradiction.

They have a female Mayor who of course has her opponents, but not once have I seen her gender, age, hair colour etc ridiculed.

We could learn a lot from Rocky.

v said...

Just had a look at the composition of the Townsville Hospital Board (thanks HBW). What a breadth and depth of talent and community-mindedness. Why on earth is Cairns so far behind?

Anonymous said...

Cairns was very late in getting a university, so was a hick town until 1988 with a few inbred families running the show aka UnSir Bob. I agree that Rocky is way ahead and Townsville light years ahead. Look what happened to Val, a progressive female mayor, as the old Cairns families launched an attack against her. That said, Mayor Hill in Townsville is facing similar antics but she is buffered by a better educated city, due to JCU's long term presence. UnSir Bob wanted JCU Cairns to go alone a while back, and this is a man who is semi literate. Kudos to the Cairns Chamber of Commerce for telling him to fuck off. One day our city will grow up but I estimate 20 years at least.

ruby said...

You will find that academics in Townsville use their knowledge to help lead and shape their community. They are conspicuous by their absence from the public arena in Cairns. Cairns is completely dominated by the old boys club, an ageing, backwards looking cabal of greedy, money hungry scoundrels, enthusiastically aided and abetted by the mainstream media. However in the last decade this cabal has grown, bloated with the confidence of a compliant media machine,the general gullibility and apathy of the public and the sweeping in of neo-liberalism as a political force.

John said...

Back to the topic, it is a poor show and poor administration when there isn't a nursing or patient representative on the Board. For shame Bob Norman!

Anonymous said...

The cutbacks implemented by these Hillbilly LNP boards have to be seen to be believed. Had an eldely relative in Cairns base waiting for a test that takes a little over half an hour since Monday. She's still there. I have had a chance to see first hand some of the cost cutting that is going on. Perhaps the public needs to ask more questions about what these dickheads are doing to our health system. I have nothing but the highest praise for the ambos and nursing staff in Qld health and the crap that they have had to put up with these useless fools.

Henry Glennie said...

It is interesting that there are no comments subsequent to the requirement that a name is required before a comment is published. In answer to the hospital board comments, specific knowledge of problems within Cairns Hospital and outlying hospitals - community health centres is required at the Board level. Otherwise the best possible outcomes for the money spent, by State and Federal government is not achievable.