THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
Member for Lingiari
14 December 2010
Minister for Indigenous Health, and Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, has welcomed the Northern Territory Government’s decision to support the establishment of two separate Local Hospital Networks in the NT.
Local Hospital Networks will be responsible for running hospitals – instead of State Health Departments and Area Health Services – and have been introduced as part of the Australian Government’s National health and Hospital Reform process.
“We know from the extensive community consultative process that here was some concern that the Territory would only get one Local Hospital Network, and this would not meet the vastly different health needs of the northern and southern parts of the Territory.
“These concerns were particularly prevalent in Central Australia so the decision to support a Central Australian network for Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Hospitals is welcome.
“Equally, Top End Local Hospital Network for the Royal Darwin Hospital, the Katherine District Hospital and Gove District Hospital is a very sensible one, and shows the NT Government is listening and responding to the community.
“These two Local Hospital Networks will put clinicians and local communities back at the centre of delivering hospital services,” Mr Snowdon said.
The Commonwealth and States and Territories have committed to finalising and agreeing the Medicare Local Boundaries and the Local Hospital Network Boundaries by the end of 2010.
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