Localised solutions called for

THE Central Highlands Regional Council has been called on to outline solutions for the region’s flagging medical facilities.

Shadow Regional Health Services and Indigenous Health parliamentary secretary Dr Andrew Laming, Federal MP Ken O’Dowd and Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health Senator Connie Fierravanti-Wells, called on the CHRC to submit a “list of demands” with viable solutions to the Federal Opposition.

“That way, you’ve got more chance of getting what you want,” Dr Laming said.

“If you just talk about problems, you are less likely to fix it up than if you identify local solutions and identify the gaps. There is money for regional health but most of that went to the Independents like Rob Oakeshott and the guys that helped Labor get into government.”

But CHRC Mayor Peter Maguire said the request was merely an attempt to divert responsibility for state and federal issues but conceded the idea had merit.

“I’m not saying we don’t have a role and that we shouldn’t be out there lobbying for our governments to fix it but there’s more to it,” he said.

“We can go out there and support the community as much as we like but it’s the ongoing operating costs.

“The biggest thing we’ve got is the Blackwater Hospital and getting that up to a decent standard. It is the biggest issue we’re facing.”


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