“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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