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LETTER: Need for investigation

SIR, – In the discussions and publicity about a possible merger between Wimmera Health Care Group and Ballarat Health Services, I’ve failed to find any comment about the potential impact of a merger on the WHGC’s Dimboola campus.

Obviously this is an important issue for the people of Dimboola and district, aside from other worrying concerns about further dilution of community voice and representation in the running of our local health service.

Dimboola’s experience of hospital amalgamations has so far been a reduction in services and we hardly expect that a merger with an even more remote operator will be to the community’s advantage.

Congratulations to The Weekly Advertiser for its focus on the merger proposal being investigated by the WHCG board.

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While it’s important for people to access the WHCG survey that is available, and to make their concerns known in that way, a public discussion and debate about the pros and cons of the idea is also vitally important.

Too many decisions in public life these days are made under the veil of consultation via the internet, but without a proper level of open and transparent community discussion in the forums readily available to everyone, like our local newspapers.

Tony Schneider


Health leaders: We need your help on merger

The entire December 16, 2020 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!