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Ryan fights for public beds in Strathbogie

09 September 2014

The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan has thrown her support behind a push to obtain publically funded hospital beds in Strathbogie Shire.

Ms Ryan said she supported the community’s efforts to secure public beds in Strathbogie Shire for the region’s many public patients.

“Over the past seven months, the absence of public beds in Strathbogie Shire has been raised with me repeatedly,” Ms Ryan said.

“Euroa and district residents have been calling for action for years now and a resolution is long overdue.

“It is important that residents across Strathbogie Shire have access to public health services rather than having to travel to Shepparton, Seymour or Benalla.”

Ms Ryan said she had raised the issue with the government and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan.

“I have discussed the current situation with management of Euroa Health, Violet Town Bush Nursing Hospital and Nagambie Health,” Ms Ryan said.

“Affordable health services are important, particularly in light of the shire’s ageing population which is projected to increase significantly in coming years.

“Public beds are also important if we are going to attract young families to the region.”

Ms Ryan said she was concerned Euroa’s ambulance service was under additional pressure because it was transporting patients to public health services outside the shire.

“Daniel Andrews did nothing to resolve this issue when he was Health Minister, despite repeated requests from the local community.

“I will continue to press for a solution to resolve this inequity,” Ms Ryan said.

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