The future of public beds at Euroa Health is uncertain as a Victorian Government trial allowing the hospital to admit a limited number of public patients draws to a close.
State Member for Euroa and deputy Nationals leader Steph Ryan last week met with Euroa Health chairman Jim Perry and chief executive Wayne Sullivan in parliament, along with shadow country health minister Emma Kealy to discuss the results of the trial and the hospital’s future.
Ms Ryan said last year the Department of Health and Human Services agreed to provide limited funding for Euroa Health, but that was due to expire at the end of this month.
‘‘The trial allowed the hospital to admit a limited number of patients within an agreed scope of care,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘To date 39 people have been treated at Euroa which, for many, means they could recuperate in their own community where they could be supported by family and friends.
‘‘The trial was a success on every level.’’
Ms Ryan called on the government to grant Euroa Health a permanent allocation of funding.
She said without funding, Strathbogie would be the only shire in Victoria without access to publicly-funded health.
She said Euroa Health was one of just five bush nursing hospitals left in Victoria.
Ms Ryan said because the Victorian Government classified these hospitals as private, they were excluded from access to any kind of public funding, which meant patients could only be treated if they paid their own way or had private health insurance.