News not good for Ouse hospital

THE Upper Derwent Valley did not get the news it was expecting last week, when a consultant recommended against establishing a multi-purpose centre at the Ouse District Hospital – effectively voting for its closure. Central Highlands Mayor Deidre Flint says the community will keep fighting for its hospital. ABC Radio had this report. Other comments:

  • Liberal MHA Rene Hidding said the review had “stated emphatically that the Ouse District Hospital is no more or no less safe than any other country hospital in Tasmania. So the community have a very valid question for Premier David Bartlett – why us?”
  • Greens MHA Tim Morris said the community had a “reasonable expectation that their local hospital be retained given the consultant’s report stated that the problems being experienced in attracting staff are no different to any other rural hospital in Tasmania.”
  • Health Minister Lara Giddings said she was “disturbed to hear that instead of accepting the expert independent advice the Liberals and Greens are playing politics with a health and safety issue that should be above politics.”

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