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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Government working hard to secure an ongoing role for John L Grove

The Hodgman Liberal Government and THO North are looking at all options and continuing to talk to our Commonwealth colleagues to secure an ongoing role for the John L Grove rehabilitation unit.

We understand the important role that the John L Grove centre plays and are certainly aware of the dedication of the centre’s staff and their concern for its future. There is no doubt that the withdrawal of the millions of dollars in Commonwealth money which funds the facility would create a very difficult situation and we are working to achieve the best possible outcome.

As part of this work we are continuing to work with our federal colleagues to find a solution and we continue to be hopeful of a positive outcome.

I have asked the Department of the Health and Human Services to continue to work with THO North and its Governing Council, which is responsible for the operation of the John L Grove centre, to identify the options to secure an ongoing role for the John L Grove rehabilitation unit. This work is ongoing and no final decision has been made about the future of these services while we continue to explore all options.

We are very disappointed that the previous Labor Federal and State Governments did not allocate ongoing funding for the services, including the John L Grove unit, which were funded by a fixed-term agreement.

The non-renewal of the funding would represent a loss of millions of dollars from our health system. We have made clear to the Commonwealth Government our concern about the shortfall which would be created by the withdrawal of ongoing federal funding and we continue to talk to them about a solution to this problem.

THO North and the Government will continue to work on this issue as a high priority and will keep the centre’s staff and the community informed on options and developments.
Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health

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  1. Lynette

    April 29, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    When my mother was in there, the Minster told us that the furture of JLG was in the hands of the administration of the hospital. The hospital administration told me that they had known for two years that the funding was running out & it was always part of the LGH plan to include the unit in the budget. Someone has changed the story & it now sounds like the Minister is crying hard done by. He should note that the money from Federal Government was a hand up for the state to improve it’s meeting it’s obligations to look after health in the state, by increasing beds at LGH and providing a badly needed rehabilitation service.

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