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LETTER: Keep the heart beating

SIR, – We write in regards to a proposed merger between Wimmera Health Care Group and Ballarat Health Services.

We feel a merger will not bring about what Wimmera health services really do need – to plan for a new larger Wimmera Base Hospital fitted with latest technology designed to comply with COVID-safe regulations and to provide for all Wimmera and southern Mallee regional communities.

This would relieve the pressure from Ballarat Health Services and save people from Horsham and surrounding districts from having to travel the Western Highway, classified as the most dangerous highway in Victoria.

The community needs to begin fund-raising and lobbying state and federal governments for grants to make this happen.

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Wimmera people have proven in the past they are great at making things happen by working together. 

We are strong, we are the heart of the Wimmera and we must keep the heart beating and fight for the best outcome for all health services statewide.

Elaine and Robert Cameron, Haven

The entire April 21, 2021 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!