Public beds plan discussed for Euroa
16 December 2016
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has met with Euroa Health Board and CEO to discuss a plan to get publically funded hospital beds in Euroa.
The meeting comes after Minister for Health Jill Hennessy refused an invitation in November to meet with the hospital to discuss the issue for a second time running.
Ms Ryan has raised the issue in Parliament six times now and most recently again invited the Minister to visit.
Ms Ryan said the Minister had denied this request.
“Strathbogie Shire is the only shire in the state without access to publically funded hospital beds despite the fact that it is home to more than 10 000 people,” Ms Ryan said.
“If someone doesn’t have private health insurance they are forced to travel to Shepparton, Benalla or Seymour.
“I met with Wayne and Jim at Euroa Health to work out what’s next for the community in our push to get this funding.
“It is time for the Melbourne Labor Government to stop ignoring the healthcare needs of Strathbogie Shire residents and match the Coalition’s pledge to provide public beds for Euroa.
Ms Ryan said as a not-for-profit organisation run by a community based board, the local community makes an enormous effort each year to raise funds for Euroa Health,” Ms Ryan said.
“Euroa is not a wealthy community and many people simply cannot afford private health insurance, however they still support Euroa Health at fundraisers like the annual fair at Seven Creeks Estate.”
Ms Ryan said the government’s silence on the issue was a real concern.
“The Euroa community has been pushing this issue long and hard and I will continue to stand with them in calling on the government to provide the funding needed for public beds,” Ms Ryan said.