Mick McEniery from Warwick Senior Citizens and mother Tiffany Cruice, with her daughter Indigo, fear for their ability to seek medical attention.
Mick McEniery from Warwick Senior Citizens and mother Tiffany Cruice, with her daughter Indigo, fear for their ability to seek medical attention. Georja Ryan

Giving up on health

NO DOCTORS, no appointments and no back-up plan has Warwick residents in a state of meltdown, with some patients threatening to give up altogether.

Warwick Senior Citizens vice-president Mick McEniery said he had been told by his members they would give up trying to seek medical attention because it had become too hard.

"I was talking to one member, and he said his mother said she has given up; she's not going to worry about it anymore," he said.

"They just don't know what they're going to do."

With the hospital being the next best option to seek medical attention, Mr McEniery said even then, many senior citizens would be reluctant to go.

"A lot of seniors haven't got their own transport, so just getting to the hospital is an issue," he said.

"Then getting into the hospital they have to climb stairs and get up the hill and a lot of them find that difficult."

With minimal parking around the hospital, elderly people can be deterred by having to park streets away.

"If they get ill at home they won't have a doctor to come out to them, so the only thing they can do is call an ambulance," Mr McEniery said.

But it's not just the elderly who fear for their health.

Young mother Tiffany Cruice feared she would not be able to access adequate medical attention for her two-year-old daughter.

Mrs Cruice is a patient at the Condamine Medical Centre and said she struggled to get an appointment and often had to resort to the hospital for medical attention.

"Getting in is the hard part," Mrs Cruice said.

"There is normally a one or two week wait and then they say, 'Here's your script, bye' and you're in and out in five minutes."


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