ABANDONING the current Mildura Base Hospital will be one of 80 options for its future to be presented at a meeting on Monday.
The meeting will consider the future of health service delivery in the region.
Rather than just look at whether it should be publicly or
privately-run, La Trobe University academic Larry O’Connor has listed different solutions for Mildura Base Hospital in a 650-page report.
“At the moment what’s been talked about is reverting the current facility to public ownership,” Mr O’Connor said.
“One of my options is abandoning the public hospital and building a new hospital on a different site.
“I’ll be looking at how that can be done, and it’s an entirely feasible option and something the community should consider.
Mr O’Connor said other options were reverting to public ownership, which he described as “viable”, staying with Ramsay Health Care and a range of other possibilities.
“Where I’m coming from is obviously hospital service delivery in this community is a really important issue,” he said.
“Nobody should dismiss this debate as ‘it doesn’t relate to me’.
“This report is looking at the significance of the base hospital in the total health service delivery in this
community – that requires that we put all options on the table and not limit ourselves to certain options.
“That’s why I’ve investigated the different options.”
Mr O’Connor, an accounting lecturer in the School of Business in Mildura, will present a summary of his report.
A six-page version will be available in hard copy, with the full 650 pages accessible electronically.
Mr O’Connor will hold a meeting in another week once people have read his report.
The report details how Mildura Base Hospital compares to other hospitals around the state and to Ramsay Health Care’s contractual agreement.
It also notes that hospitals only provide services for which they are funded, whereas complaints from the Reclaim the Base group have been that it doesn’t offer specialist services like oncology.
“There’s a confusion of issues,” Mr O’Connor said.
“There’s the hospital’s performance against its hospital service agreement, which they’re contractually required to achieve.
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