Saturday, May 25, 2024

Lithgow council ‘profoundly concerned’ over hospital closure

Lithgow City Council says it is “profoundly concerned” at the prospect of losing the community’s private hospital, with the facility advising Council it is not able to continue to function beyond 2022.

“COVID-19 has stressed the functioning and models of service delivery across both public and private medical services. This, in part, has led to a decision of the Lithgow Community Private board to cease operation by the end of 2022,” Council said in a statement.

“The Lithgow Community Private Board have already enquired of the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) as to their ability to absorb the services that the Lithgow Community Private delivers. It is the Council’s understanding that the Local Health District will consider alternative service delivery models which will maintain services and mitigate impacts on employment.”

Lithgow City Council Mayor, Maree Statham said Council would do all it could to ensure there was no loss of employment or reduction in the level of services currently available to the community.

“Lithgow Council calls for commitment to the ongoing provision of this service,” she said.

“Council will work closely with government and our Local Members, all relevant government agencies, and other stakeholders for a focus on the continued delivery of these important local medical services.”

Lithgow Community Private is a modern not-for-profit, community owned Private Day Surgery and Specialist Centre. Opening in 1999, the organisation has provided the community with a high standard of service, led by a team of local professionals.

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