Queensland Health Drives Doctor Away

21 Aug 2008 12:33 PMJann Stuckey

21 August 2008

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey has questioned the reasons behind the recent resignation of full-time oncologist Dr Hakan Bozcuk from the Gold Coast Hospital.

“A year ago the Labor Government promised two full-time oncologists for the busy oncology department at the Gold Coast Hospital, advertising internationally for these positions,” said Ms Stuckey

“Nine months after taking up his post, Dr Hakan Bozcuk has reluctantly tendered his resignation as the Gold Coast Hospital’s only full time oncologist forcing some local cancer patients to travel to Brisbane for life-saving treatment.”

“From all accounts Dr Bozcuk was a very polite and quiet person who had moved his family to live on the Gold Coast only to be treated shabbily without an office to call his own.

“I am told by hospital sources that this Government’s trademark of appalling mismanagement saw Dr Bozcuk cramped into a shared office space to fill in his patient charts.

“The excuse of limited resources also appeared hollow when a nurse unit manager was given her own office on a separate floor to the unit where she works.  As a clinical manager, it is important to be located in close proximity to the ward, at least on the same floor.

“Considering Queensland Health recruited around the world for an oncologist, you would think they would make every effort to keep them and treat them well.

“The Gold Coast is one of the best places in the world to live. Theoretically it should be easy to recruit doctors but when doctors hear the horror stories about the culture and history of our hospital, they don’t want to take the risk.

“Years of mismanagement and under-funding by this Labor Government have created an absolute mess and it is hard to find specialist doctors willing to take on a position with the hospital in this state.

“Queensland Health needs to invest in a couple of full-time experienced oncologists who have worked together in functioning oncology unit to re-establish confidence and processes.

“Right now we are back to where we were a year ago.  It defies belief that the Queensland Government has let it happen again.

“Cancer patients rely on their oncologist to help them through the hardest fight of all – the fight for their lives.

“What confidence can we have in Queensland Health when all they do is break their promises?” Ms Stuckey said. 

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Contact – Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919