Tweed imaging staff still in limbo

A TWEED Heads medical imaging branch will close next month and the future for its employees is uncertain.

Gold Coast Medical Imaging, which counts x-rays, ultrasounds and mammography among it services, will close its Wharf St branch on Sunday, November 4.

On that day GCMI and parent company I-Med Network will become part of medical imaging practice Q-Scan.

I-Med Network general manager Justin Mottram said the lease for Tweed Heads ended in July and a decision was made not to renew it.

"It's been on the cards for a while," Mr Mottram said.

"We've had problems making ends meet."

Tweed Heads South resident Marlene Schmidt has been going to the branch for almost 10 years.

"I think it's wrong and I'm just hoping that they won't close it down," Ms Schmidt said. "I had a heart attack six years ago and I've been going there since about 2003, but other people have been going there for longer than that.

"It's a shame and I feel sorry for them because they are lovely trained girls and they'll be out of work."

She said the staff had told her they were very worried.

"They've got some marvellous staff there and they're feeling insecure," Ms Schmidt said.

"It's a shame because it's been there for about 30 years and it's going to be so inconvenient for people because they are quick and courteous.

"The only other places are the hospital and the day surgery."

Mr Mottram said they were still unsure of how many staff would lose their jobs and how many would be employed in other branches.

"We did look for another opportunity, but haven't been successful," he said.

"The whole industry is struggling with the propensity to bulk bill and it's not economically viable."

The closest GCMI branch for clients will be at Burleigh Waters.



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