THE process of employing a CEO for the Mildura Base Public Hospital is another significant step in the journey of returning the hospital to public management.
Job advertisements for the CEO position began on Wednesday and Member for Mildura Ali Cupper hailed it as “another milestone”.
“We will continue to tick off milestones as we head towards the September 15 handover date and this is a big one,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Human Services continues the process of appointing the hospital’s first local board in more than 20 years.
“Having a governance model which includes a local board will make the hospital directly accountable to the community, not shareholders. It is a very exciting time.
“Despite the COVD-19 pandemic, there is a lot happening behind the scenes to ensure the transition is smooth and the appointment of a CEO is going to help with that.”
Ms Cupper is chair of the Community Consultative Committee which is providing direct advice to the Victorian Government on what our community needs from the new publicly managed hospital.
She said it was hoped that as the COVID-19 threat decreased and restrictions were eased, the committee could resume its consultation with the broader community and other hospital stakeholder groups.
Ms Cupper said along with enhanced safety and services to patients, improving pay and conditions for staff was a key purpose of the transition.
“A big part of the drive for public management was to ensure our local healthcare workers aren’t disadvantaged compared to their counterparts across the state,” she said.
“The privatised model has meant our healthcare workers have been denied access to salary packaging. This is inequitable and simply wrong.”