Two former hospital workers have lashed out against MLHD for what they see as mismanagement by its board members.
One of them is former Griffith Base Hospital staff member Ann-Marie Hillam, who describes the current state of affairs as "utterly disgraceful".
Ms Hillam has worked in hospitals around Australia, but she claims some of the worst hospital management can be found right here in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
She left Griffith Base Hospital 16 years ago to work in hospitals around the country, but when she returned she was "appalled" to see the state of medical services in the region.
She blames the dwindling services and understaffed wards on MLHD's board, which she says is neglecting services anywhere that isn't in Wagga Wagga.
Ms Hillam can rattle off a list of allegations against MLHD; bullying, lack of transparency, "media gags" - the list goes on.
Former Barham Hospital board member Michael Doyle also expressed outrage against MLHD's alleged "media gag", which is said to forbid hospital staff from telling the media about issues such as bullying.
"If this board restructuring was so good, don't you think they'd want the hospital staff to go around telling the media how great everything is?" Mr Doyle said.
The Area News previously spoke to several hospital workers who had complaints about bullying, but none were willing to go on the record, citing fear of losing their jobs.
Outgoing member for Murray Austin Evans said he too had been approached by people with complaints of bullying, but that his hands had been tied because none were willing to put their name to paper.
"I can't take action on a complaint that's not been formally made," Mr Evans said.
"There are various avenues that guarantee your anonymity, but we haven't been able to get anyone to do that to this date."
Member for Murray elect Helen Dalton has repeatedly hit out at MLHD's "culture of gagging" and expressed support for the idea of dismantling MLHD altogether in favour of the local community-run boards of the past.
"When we had local boards years ago the hospital ran in the black - we had the laundry service, catering, kitchen, and we actually had the blood bank," Mrs Dalton said.
"What I am envisioning is the new hospital merging with the private one and being able to provide good services for everyone."
Mr Evans previously said the idea of a return to local boards had pros and cons, but did not lean decisively one way or the other.
Ms Hillam worked at Griffith Base Hospital during the era of local boards, and she's advocating a return to those days.
"It was run by community-minded people who valued the hospital staff," Ms Hillam said.
"They actually listened to the advice of staff at the hospital."
MLHD was asked whether they had any response to the allegations, but they declined to make any comment.
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