Monday, 2 September 2013

Media Release - A Coalition Government will help fund a business case study for Healesville Hospital - 2 September 2013

Joint Media Release

TONY SMITH MP - Federal Member For Casey

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BRUCE BILLSON MP - Federal Member for Dickson - Shadow Minister For Health and Ageing

A COALITION GOVERNMENT WILL HELP FUND A BUSINESS CASE STUDY FOR HEALESVILLE HOSPITAL

“A Coalition Government will make $50,000 available in the current financial year to help fund an independent business case study to investigate the feasibility of Healesville Hospital becoming independent with its own board of management, should the community wish it to occur”, said Mr Dutton.

“Tony Smith has spoken to me on a number of occasions in Canberra about the desire of many in the Healesville community to explore the possibility of the Hospital transitioning to an independent rural hospital with its own local board of management”, Mr Dutton said.

“Over many months I have spoken with many local residents and the local ‘Save the Healesville Hospital’ group about the importance of the Hospital to our community”, Mr Smith said.

“The ‘Save the Healesville Hospital’ group has confirmed that progress has been made since a community public meeting was held just before Easter. Intervention by State Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish and Victorian Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis MLC, has contributed to that progress”, Mr Smith said.

“This $50,000 Federal Coalition grant will greatly assist the efforts of the Healesville community, which is not in a position to raise the entirety of the funding required for such a feasibility study”, Mr Smith said.

“At the pre-Easter public meeting I said that if a business case showed independence would deliver the best improvement in health services for Healesville, I will be all for it”, Mr Smith said.

“At the earliest practicable opportunity, a Coalition Government will commence discussions with the Healesville community group about the process, including the selection of an expert consultant”, Mr Dutton said.

“It is vital that any study be conducted in a rigorous and expert way because its findings will determine the future provision of hospital services in the Healesville area for years to come”, Mr Dutton and Mr Smith said.

2 September 2013

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