Committee’s first meeting for Dingee amalgamation

THE first Transition Advisory Committee meeting to oversee the amalgamation of Dingee Bush Nursing Centre (DBNC) and Rochester and Elmore District Health Services (REDHS) was held last Wednesday, January 16.

The committee will aim to provide advice to the DBNC and REDHS boards and will ensure that information about the amalgamation is provided to community members through a regular bulletin.

REDHS chief executive officer Matthew Sharp said the first meeting was a step in the right direction and would go some way in relieving unease in the community between those who supported and opposed the amalgamation.

“I am confident the Transition Advisory Committee will play a very important role throughout the amalgamation process in the coming months,” he said.

“It was clear to me the Transition Advisory Committee is eager to make sure regular information is provided to DBNC members and the broader community regarding the amalgamation including a transparent approach to this.”

But members of a concerned citizens’ group say they will not stop fighting for the reopening of the DBNC.

Robyn Brown said the group was waiting on the findings of a due diligence report being undertaken by Health Financial. They said they were also waiting on replies to written responses sent to Member for Swan Hill Peter Walsh and Member for Rodney Paul Weller.

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