Labor agnostic on Euroa’s diagnostic services
01 April 2019
State Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has refused to meet with local residents about the closure of x-ray and ultrasound services in Euroa.
Member for Euroa Steph Ryan sought an urgent meeting with the Minister after the community raised concerns about Goulburn Valley Imaging’s decision to pull out of Euroa.
“Until July last year x-ray and ultrasound services were provided three days a week at Euroa Medical,” Ms Ryan said.
“These services meant health conditions and injuries could be diagnosed and treated quickly and with minimal cost to local residents.
“Goulburn Valley Imagining’s decision to close its Euroa service is a real blow to the community and one which I had hoped the Andrews Government would seek to solve.
“Since the service was withdrawn in July last year, Euroa residents have been forced to travel to Shepparton for these x-rays and ultrasounds.
“Limited public transport makes travelling out of town incredibly difficult, particularly for older residents in the community.”
Ms Ryan said she was very disappointed in the response from Ms Mikakos.
“Ms Mikakos has refused to listen to the concerns of local residents who are impacted by the closure of these services, dusting it off as a private matter,” Ms Ryan said.
“Instead of making an effort to help find an alternative provider or finding a solution to ensure Goulburn Valley Imaging stays, Labor has just walked away.
“A $200,000 grant would restore these services to Euroa. It’s really disappointing that Labor won’t even try to bridge this gap.”
Ms Ryan said one resident who sought assistance from Labor in August had been warned not to raise it as an issue before the Victorian election.
“Labor’s response after the election has been disappointing to say the least,” Ms Ryan said.