The Health Minister, Jenny Mikakos, has written to advise the Union that Mildura Base Hospital private operator’s, Ramsay Health, agreement is due to expire in September 2020.
The Minister also outlined in her correspondence that she will be announcing that Mildura Base Hospital will transition to full public operation from September 2020. This decision is in line with the community’s and staff views expressed during consultation and is aligned with the Government’s strategic objective of bringing consistency to the way in which rural public hospitals are operated across Victoria.
Staff of Mildura Base Hospital are a crucial part of the provision of high-quality health services to the Sunraysia community. The Minister indicated that the Andrews Labor Government intends to work with the Union closely throughout the transition process to ensure staff are supported, that there is full consultation and that staff experience no disadvantage.
We will be sure to keep the Government to its intentions and ensure that staff are properly and fully consulted during the transition back to full public operation.