Statement from BCH Board
Bellarine Community Health rejects claims made by the Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville that the BCH Board ignored an instruction to not appointment a new Chief Executive Officer for the organisation.
In a media statement, Ms Neville claims that BCH was “instructed by the Minister not to appoint a new CEO” and asked the Minister for Health to “consider options including the transfer of government services and funding to another provider.”
“I would like to assure the community that BCH did not ignore a directive, in fact the Minister and the Department of Health have been aware for months that we have been recruiting a new CEO,” said Board Chair Hazel Ingram.
At no stage, in any meetings with the Minister or the Minister’s Advisers was Bellarine Community Health told to not proceed with appointing a CEO. Department of Health Advisers were informed at a meeting on Tuesday 23rd May that an appointment for the position was imminent.
“We’re confused by Ms Neville’s ongoing attacks,” said Ms Ingram. How is not appointing a new CEO and calling for the removal of funding for services in the best interests of our clients who are among the most vulnerable on the Bellarine?”
“Our current CEO John Fendyk is just weeks from retirement. We have a responsibility to the users of our services and our staff to demonstrate good governance and put in place an experienced CEO to lead the organisation going forward.” “This sort of public commentary is very distressing for our staff and our clients,” Ms Ingram said.
Bellarine Community Health continues to work cooperatively with the Department of Health to achieve the best possible outcomes for the community. Board member Jim Fletcher has recently resigned from the Board and discussions have been taking place with the Department around future Board appointments.