Thursday, 12 June 2014

Media Release - Healesville Hospital Business Case Study - 12 June 2014

The Hon Jamie Briggs MP

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Federal Member for Mayo

and

The Hon Tony Smith MP

Federal Member for Casey

Joint Media Statement

12 June 2014

Healesville Hospital Business Case Study

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith today announced that the Australian Government has delivered $55,000 towards the Healesville Hospital Small Rural Health Service Business Case Study.

Mr Smith said the funding would assist in the development of a business case to determine the best service, business and governance model for health services in Healesville.

"This $55,000 Australian Government 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.

"The study will include consideration of the Hospital becoming an independent rural hospital with its own local board of management by transitioning to Small Rural Health Service status.

"The Hospital is a central part of the Healesville community", Mr Smith said.

Mr Briggs said that Tony Smith has strongly advocated for this funding to explore the possibility of the Hospital transitioning to an independent rural hospital with its own local board of management.

"It is vital that the 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 Briggs said.

"This funding fulfils the pledge I made during the last election to the Healesville community", Mr Smith said.

Media Contacts

For Mr Briggs: Andrew Ockenden 0429 877 721

For Mr Smith: Andrew Hallam 0404 043 764

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