OPINION: Response sheds no light on decision

NEWS that owners of the Redbank Plains Shopping Village won't renew the lease of the Acmed Surgery is as dissapointing as the response we got from Centre Management yesterday (see today's p3 story).

Armed with only the information we'd received from the patients and one of the doctors at the practice, we contacted Beacon Real Estate immediately to try to get an explanation from them.

Unfortunately, they seemed to take the phone call as a bit of an affront.

The only real comment given to us was that this was a commercial decision.

If there was something more behind these actions, we have not been told, but the choice of words speaks volumes.

While we are still awaiting a response from the centre owners, there are probably a number of things that you could read into the phrase, "commercial decision".

What I would take from it is that it is really nobody's business what happens to a valued medical practice that appears to have been a good tenant to the shopping centre for almost 40 years.

The other thing I would take from it is that commercial decisions come first, and people come second.

It's a shame, because I dare say a lot of those patients would have done their shopping at the Redbank Plains Shopping Village too.



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