Single Hospitals Will Be Able To Form A Local Health Network

Single Hospitals Will Be Able To Form A Local Health Network

Victoria Minister for Health David Davis

Country Hospital Boards To Be Protected

Victor P Taffa

Victorian Country Hospital Boards will be protected from the risk of forced amalgamation under the new, enhanced Council of Australian Governments Agreement negotiated by Premier Ted Baillieu, Minister for Health David Davis said today.

Speaking in Ballarat at the Victorian Healthcare Association’s Rural Health Conference, Mr Davis said as a result of the Premier’s hard fought renegotiation of the Health Agreement Victoria’s small Country Hospital Boards will be preserved and protected.

“Under Premier John Brumby’s flawed agreement, local, small Country Hospital Boards were under threat from merger or amalgamation into large ‘local’ health networks.” Mr. Davis said.

“There is no doubt John Brumby and his then Health Minister Daniel Andrews sold out Victorian Country Hospitals.”

“They failed to get the proper protections against long term forced mergers in black and white.” Mr. Davis said.

Section 44 of the new enhanced agreement now states that:

“The parties agree that LHNs, to be established by the States, will be single or small groups of Public Hospitals with a geographic or functional connection that are large enough to operate efficiently and provide a range of Hospital Services, and small enough to enable the LHNs to be effectively managed to deliver high-quality services.”

“The Baillieu Government is pleased the Prime Minister was willing to listen and to work collaboratively to ensure the best outcome for Victorian patients.” Mr. Davis said.

“During the negotiations, Victoria insisted that under the local Governance Arrangements, a single hospital will be able to form a Local Health Network.”

“This ensures that Victoria’s small Country Hospital Boards will be protected, as well as the state-wide providers that are crucial to Victoria’s Health System.”

“Local Hospitals should have local governance, and the Coalition Government has fought hard to ensure these arrangements are protected under a new, enhanced health agreement.” Mr. Davis said.