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O’Brien takes up fight for Yarram Hospital

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has taken concerns about the future of Yarram District Health Service’s urgent care services directly to the Health Minister.

Speaking from State Parliament this week, Mr O’Brien said that he was very concerned that the hospital was considering closing its urgent care ward due to difficulties in attracting GPs to the town.

“I’ve been working with the hospital for some time over its concerns in maintaining a satisfactory roster for GPs at the Hospital. I understand that it is totally untenable for the hospital to have one GP effectively on call 24/7 and as such the urgent care facilities may not be able to continue.

“However I am very concerned at what this will mean for health services in the Yarram community, just as I am concerned about the lack of GPs in town.

“I have raised this matter with the State Health Minister Jill Hennessy who was aware of the issue and urged her to do everything she can to assist the hospital to keep all its current services operational. Ultimately we need to find more GPs for Yarram and GPs who will be prepared to support the on-call roster.

“I have also discussed this matter with my federal colleague Darren Chester who is also working to assist the hospital as best he can.

“This is a difficult time for all in the Yarram community and I will continue to work with the community to ensure we deliver the best services possible from Yarram and District Health Service.”

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