Health minister breaks his silence on hospital debate


MILDURA is in no way disadvantaged by having a privately-run public hospital, says Victorian Health Minister David Davis.

Mr Davis, who has been oddly silent and absent from Mildura as negotiations between the State Government and Motor Traders Association of Australia (MTAA) Superannuation continue over the future management of Mildura Base Hospital, today breaks his silence by writing exclusively for Sunraysia Daily.

In a wide-ranging opinion piece, Mr Davis:

SPOKE of his want for the best possible services and facilities possible for the people of Mildura;

PRAISED the performance of the hospital’s private managers, Ramsay Health Care;

TALKED up the government’s $7 million commitment to expanding the base hospital;

DEFENDED his record of visiting Mildura and meeting with community representatives, despite not having visited our city since August 2011 and only twice in two years;

COMMITTED to visiting and speaking with hospital staff in “future months”; and

DEFENDED his appointment of a six “prominent” community members to the hospital’s community advisory board, which he claimed had “direct input into the running of the hospital”.

The advisory board model has come under attack in recent times, with former members and others labelling it “constrained” and “lacking teeth”.

For more of this story, purchase your copy of Saturday’s Sunraysia Daily 08/09/2012.

Peter Crisp