Call for final bids for Yaralla Place nursing home in M'boro
PROSPECTIVE private operators for Maryborough's state-run Yaralla Place nursing home will need to enter their bids by the end of next month.
Fraser Coast Health Service director of nursing and midwifery Graham Mahaffey said the process for requesting final binding bids would start within the next 10 days and be closed by the end of June.
Short-listed providers have spent several weeks reviewing information on the 96-bed home before bidding.
Staff and residents will not know before September who the new provider is likely to be.
Mr Mahaffey said an evaluation committee was expected to make a recommendation to the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board soon after the bidding process closed. The final decision will then rest with State Health Minister Lawrence Springborg.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services have already offered redundancies to at fewest 15 nurses at Yaralla Place ahead of the privatisation.
The Together union said redundancies had also been offered to the home's cleaning and catering staff, reducing the staffing level by up to 30.
"This is part of an ongoing restructure to prepare for the transfer of Yaralla to a high-quality private care provider," Mr Mahaffey said.
"The care the Yaralla residents continue to receive is of the highest quality."