Calls for GV Health to take over Murchison DP Jones

By Morgan Dyer

State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan has raised the idea of Goulburn Valley Health submitting an expression of interest for the purchase of Murchison's DP Jones Nursing Home.

Ms Ryan has called on the Victorian Government to direct GV Health to submit its interest for 40-bed aged care facility.

As applications close for interested parties on Monday, December 16, Ms Ryan said time was of the essence.

“The Victorian Health Minister should direct Goulburn Valley Health to consider what role it can play in ensuring these services remain in Murchison for the long term,” Ms Ryan said.

“Murchison is within Goulburn Valley Health’s catchment and the health service already provides aged care in Rushworth and Tatura.”

The sale of the property was made official last week with SV Partners advertising expressions of interest for the home in The News and The Financial Review.

Ms Ryan said there were public benefits in retaining the nursing home and the state government needed to step up to help.

“It’s not good enough for the Andrews Government to wash its hands of the collapse of DP Jones by dismissing it as a federal matter,” Ms Ryan said.

“It is going to require the co-operation of all levels of government here to get a good outcome for the community.”

The call comes as the Federal Government met the home's outstanding liabilities in order to clear the way for a new provider to take over the facility.

“It is clearly in the community’s best interest to ensure Murchison has access to aged care services,” Ms Ryan said.

A spokesperson for GV Health said the health service would not be commenting on the matter.