Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has accused Health Minister Jill Hennessy of removing a number of Goulburn Valley Health board members, but the minister has said the move is a mere shift in leadership.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Ms Lovell demanded that Ms Hennessy explain the Victorian Government’s decision to remove three directors from the board.
Ms Lovell said after the retirement of a fourth member, only one new appointment had been made by the government to fill four vacancies.
A spokesman for Ms Lovell said of the eight members still listed on the website, William Parsons, Stephen Merrylees and Peter Ryan had been ‘‘sacked’’.
‘‘Three experienced directors, effectively sacked by Jill Hennessy on June 30, all brought various areas of expertise to their roles, including engineering, legal and corporate governance,’’ Ms Lovell said.
‘‘With the appointment of a new CEO, a new board chair and a major redevelopment about to commence, the Minister’s decision to rob Goulburn Valley Health of such critical management experience defies any logic.’’
A spokesperson for Ms Hennessy said a number of board members had simply reached the end of their term, and the turnover of boards was a standard exercise.
Ms Hennessy said further new board appointments would be finalised shortly.
‘‘Wendy Lovell is just wrong. No-one on Goulburn Valley Health’s board has been sacked,’’ Ms Hennessy said.
‘‘Newly appointed and highly skilled chairperson Rebecca Woolstencroft, along with the board and new appointments, will oversee the Andrews Labor Government’s redevelopment of Goulburn Valley Health, a project Wendy Lovell and the former Liberal Government failed to deliver.’’