UPDATE, March 18: A week after the Shire called for the expressions of interest, President Sam Collard advised that current medical service provider Mariette Smit had chosen not to provide one, would cease her practice at the clinic and vacate it by the end of March.
“Council is very aware of the impacts on community as a result of Dr Smit’s departure, and is in the process of arranging a provisional medical service to cover the period beginning April 1 until the appointment of the new medical service provider following the EOI and tender process,” he said.
“Council is also working with Shire-employed GP, Dr Danel Conradie, to provide an interim GP service at the medical centre for the transition period.”
EARLIER: THE Shire of Gingin is looking for medical service providers for the Gingin Medical Centre.
The Shire has invited expressions of interest (EOIs) until March 29 from suitably qualified medical providers for the operation and delivery of medical services at the centre.
President Sam Collard said the decision to seek EOIs for the management of the practice resulted from the council’s desire to provide a more comprehensive medical service for the community.
Cr Collard said that would include increased hours of service, reduced waiting times and limited closures during holiday periods, and the current medical practitioners had been invited to submit an EOI.
“Once the EOI advertising period has closed, EOIs will be considered and a report presented to council for consideration,” he said.
“Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to tender.”