Tomorrow, Glynis Schultz, Chief Executive of South West Hospital and Health Service, will be in Charleville to discuss recent comments made about the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme (PTSS) and the relocation of certain health services
Ms Schultz will have a full day of public meetings at the Neighbourhood Centre, with many locals taking the time to discuss personal issues that may relate to PTSS or particular services.
One of the main issues that Mayor Denis Cook brought up in a recent council meeting was that travel for many people out here is the biggest deterrent for seeking proper health care.
“People aren’t going to see doctors because they’re not going to put in for travel,”
“I’ve asked the Health board if we can have our services reinstated so people don’t have to travel great distances,” he says.
PTSS is a service that provides support to people who travel out of their local area to access health services and are eligible for a travel subsidy
Ms Schultz has defended the decision to locate the employee responsible for the reimbursement of travel claims.
“To date there has been significant improvement in the time frames for payment and it is expected that this will continue to improve,”
“Front office administration staff at Charleville and each of the other facilities within the South West continue to provide local support to people who need to access the PTSS and the delegate for approval of PTSS claims at each facility, including Charleville is the local Director of Nursing,” says Ms Schultz.
One issue that is to be brought to the forefront is the South West HHS Strategic cancer plan, which was approved in September.
“A recruitment process has been finalised for a Nurse Unit Manager to commence the implementation of the strategic plan,”
Charleville Plus More will be following up on how these public meetings go, and on any developments to the story over the next couple of weeks.