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AMA Victoria welcomes changes to Mildura Base Hospital
Thursday 25 July 2013
(Updated 2 September 2013)
AMA Victoria supports today’s announcement that the Victorian Government will buy back the Mildura Base Hospital. This move will help to ensure that the hospital’s resources are in line with patient demand and population growth.
Currently, MBH is Victoria’s only privately operated public hospital - owned by superannuation fund MTAA and managed by private operator Ramsay Health Care. In response to our members’ concerns, AMA Victoria has been lobbying for changes to this system for the last two years.
The private operation of MBH has raised ongoing issues amongst doctors and other healthcare professionals, in particular the lack of consultation between the medical workforce and community sector in decision-making processes.
“Mildura Base Hospital is an integral part of regional Victoria’s public hospital system. The government’s decision to reacquire it will lead to infrastructure improvements and better health services for the community. This is a big win for the Mallee region” AMA Victoria President Dr Stephen Parnis said today.
Victorian Health Minister David Davis said this buyback ensures the promised $5 million State Government investment will be executed, as the Government was not prepared to fund upgrades while the hospital was privately owned. This acquisition will also enable MBH to be utilised as a training hospital.
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