Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has stepped in to guarantee the future of two small hospitals amid growing angst about cuts to regional health services.
Last night about 500 people attended a meeting with health officials at Moura in central Queensland, concerned about the proposed closure of their hospital.
The Wide Bay Health Service had also put forward a plan to close the Eidsvold Hospital and transfer services to nearby Mundubbera.
Mr Newman says neither closure will happen.
"In relation to the [Moura] hospital, it will not close - and neither will Eidsvold,' Mr Newman said.
"But what we're seeing from that meeting is a resolution to work with the board and the Health Minister to devise a new way of delivering those vital health services and keeping the hospital open."
The meeting at Moura lasted more than three hours last night.
Charles Ware from the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board flagged three proposals but said closing the hospital and transferring services to a local medical centre was the best way forward.
"It's the best way we see to provide medical care, modern medical care within our budgetary constraints," Mr Ware said.
Mr Ware said patient numbers had declined to about one a day while staff numbers remain high with 36 employees.
Ten people would lose their jobs under the plan.
Mr Ware also apologised for a breakdown in communication and promised more consultation before a decision was made.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg moved to hose down concerns about the Eidsvold Hospital earlier today.
Mr Springborg said the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service must find a solution to keep the facility open.
The Minister says the new hospital boards are independent, but preserving core hospital services has to be a priority.
"The only way that I would consent to such a decision would be if I was satisfied that no stone had been left unturned to find a suitable solution in consultation with the community," he said.
"We're a million miles away from that."