Medical Clinic Millicent release statement after Public Meeting to save hospital services on July 31st 2013.
Statement released to the media by the Partners of the Medical Clinic for 5THE FM & wattlerangenow
The Partners of The Medical Clinic Millicent were humbled by the overwhelming support received from the community at the recent public meeting for continuing medical services at our local hospital in a time of significant doctor shortage in our area. The Wattle Range community clearly demonstrated their determination to stop the lack of consultation and unilateral closure of medical services in Millicent by Country Health South Australia (CHSA). As a result of the meeting, CHSA have backed down on their requirement for the Medical Clinic to endorse their closure of the Obstetric unit and re – opened negotiations to keep the Obstetric unit functioning. We encourage expectant mums to stay in contact with their obstetric doctor and midwife for updates on how the local obstetric service will be supporting them.
The Medical Clinic Millicent will continue to balance the clinic and hospital workload to provide equitable access to our patients at these 2 locations. We are focussed on delivering long term solutions that are underpinned by retention of the current doctors and recruitment of suitably qualified GP’s . We are committed to supporting the community in its effort to maintain an accessible , safe and quality medical service for the district. We encourage the community to stay engaged in the process of securing health services and importantly, demand transparency from all involved in determining these services.
At time of posting, no comment was available from Country Health SA
wattlerangenow.com.au and 5THE FM 107.7 will keep you informed of the progress of the negotiations.