A strong response has been received to the Liberal-National Government’s call for expressions of interest from the private sector for involvement in the development and provision of health services for the new Albany Health Campus, scheduled for completion in 2013.
Health Minister Kim Hames said 12 submissions from metropolitan and local-based companies had been received.
“We will be considering those expressions of interest that canvass options to provide the best value for money to the people of the Great Southern region,” Dr Hames said.
“Private sector involvement in the development and provision of services for the new purpose-built health campus will provide the potential to complement core public hospital services and mean a greater variety and range of options in health care services are available for the region.
“The majority of essential services such as emergency care; inpatient medical; surgical; maternity and mental health care; and operating theatres will continue to be provided as core services to one of the biggest public hospital developments ever undertaken in regional Western Australia.
“The exact mix of private and public sector services will be determined following proper consideration of the expressions of interest and detailed discussions with potential providers.”
Great Southern residents could look forward to a modern, contemporary and innovative Albany Health Campus that brought together inpatient and specialist hospital-based services with a range of outpatient services for the seamless care of patients in a ‘one-stop-shop’ service.
The campus would be developed in consultation with the local community to provide contemporary models of care to meet their current needs and into the future.
Further information about the development is available at http://www.wacountry.health.wa.gov.au/default.asp?documentid=695
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