After lengthy contract negotiations and a period of uncertainty, orthopaedic surgeons Mr McCusker and Mr Forbes have reached an agreement with CHSA and will continue to provide services att he Mt Gambier Hospital. This follows a period of uncertainty which saw orthopaedic surgeons Barry McCusker and Henry Forbes almost reach the end of their contract with CHSA with no guarantee of further contracts to continue to practice. In July of this year they both were signed for a 6 month contract.
Country Health SA put out a call on the open market for orthapaedic emergency and surgical and ophthalmology services at the Mt Gambier Hospital. South East Regional Director Jayne Downs said specialists could put forward proposals as required by SA Government procurement guidelines, a call for interest and proposals for the provision of orthopaedic services at Mount Gambier Hospital was released on the open market.
CHSA released this statement today:-
Country Health SA has secured orthopaedic services in the South East until 2020 after reaching agreement with surgeons Mr McCusker and Mr Forbes.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of Country Health SA, Rebecca Graham, said this was an excellent result for the South East community.
“Guaranteeing the provision of high quality orthopaedic surgical services to the South
East community has been our key objective throughout this process,” Ms Graham said.
“Both surgeons have provided service to Mount Gambier Hospital for nearly 50 years combined and we are looking forward to working together with Mr McCusker and Mr
Forbes to deliver quality surgical services into the future.”
Mr McCusker and Mr Forbes have agreed to the standards included within the four-year contract to provide public orthopaedic surgery services and emergency on-call services from the Mount Gambier District Health Service.
The surgeon’s four-year contract will take effect from January 5, 2016.