IN the ongoing battle to secure dedicated doctors for their local medical centre, Wentworth District Community Medical Centre Inc. (WDCMC) held a meeting at the Town Hall to vote on changes to the WDCMC Constitution that will better place the organisation to be considered for charitable status with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

WDCMA president, Glenis Beaumont, said that attendees at the meeting were also given a detailed update on the group’s work in past months that reflected the community’s support for WDCMC’s vision of a fit-for-purpose medical centre that will accommodate full time GPs, followed by allied health professionals and a dental clinic in a staged approach.

“There was considerable discussion about the inherent difficulties with ‘patchwork’ medical services to patient care, service continuity and business viability across GP clinic, hospital and nursing home,” Ms Beaumont said.

“We jumped on the occasion, not only for a vote on the Constitutional change, but to provide an update of the work undertaken and our next steps in progressing WDCMC’s vision for a community owned medical centre that will accommodate full time GPs and a range of other health providers.

“Community support for the work of WDCMC continues to grow with the petition to the NSW parliament reaching our target of 1,000 signatures, with new WDCMC members and with many enquiries as to our progress including calls from interested GPs.”

The group recently launched a petition to be tabled in the NSW Parliament, a process which is being aided by the Member for Murray, Helen Dalton

The petition will be sent through to the NSW Parliament.