Gippsland South The Nationals Health Inquiry Tim Bull Hospital

Hospital review needs transparency

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has called on the Andrews Labor Government to publicly release a review that has now been announced into workplace culture and service provision at Central Gippsland Health in Sale, when it is complete.

Speaking in Parliament this week, Mr O’Brien said, with an independent review announced by the government into recent claims about the hospital, it was important that the community had confidence going forward and that staff have the opportunity to have input.

“Concerns have been raised publicly in recent weeks of poor workplace culture and loss of services due to staff leaving.

“While these claims have been denied by hospital management, they do require full and through investigation and reporting back to the community.

“I recently met with the board and management of the hospital and raised community concerns that have come to me over recent months about the hospital, particularly about service levels including surgery.

“The hospital board and management assured me that there has been no downgrading, but the government must also commit to maintain or improve services at CGH.

“The community will not accept health provision going backwards in Wellington Shire and for my part, it will not happen on my watch.”

Mr O’Brien said the government should also be clear with the community about the terms of reference for the review and how it will be conducted.

“Workplace relations issues and personality clashes will always be part of a large organisation, but the review is important to get to the bottom of the concerns that have been raised.”

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull said Bairnsdale hospital had been through similar issues and had come out stronger for a review process.

“It’s important that our community has full faith in the culture and services offered by our hospital, it is after all one of the biggest employers in Wellington Shire and a critical provider of health services for Gippsland.

“I am hopeful that this review will clear the air and the hospital can get on with providing the service it has delivered for 150 years.”

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