Today’s Southern Partnership Group meeting has narrowed the number of sites under consideration, according to convenor Pete Hodgson.

“It is getting close. We are on track to have written advice to the Minister within a month.

"We are now at the stage when we are needing a fair chunk of legal input. To date we have focused primarily on health delivery as one might expect. But now we need to check our processes and deliberations from a legal perspective.

“This will ensure that our advice is not only for the benefit of patients, health workers and the community, but that it is also legally safe.

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