Barnett’s job freeze forces disabled children to go without treatment

May 28th, 2014 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Fast Facts:

Job freeze results in important hydrotherapy treatment cancelled for six weeks.
Disabled children forced to go without treatment at PMH.
Hydrotherapy is part of early intervention care for children with cerebral palsy.

Colin Barnett’s job freeze designed to save a slim budget surplus is resulting in disabled children going without hydrotherapy treatment for six weeks.

The job freeze was announced in April in an attempt to rescue the Barnett Government’s out-of-control budget from slipping into deficit.

Lakelands mother Amy Edwards travels to Princess Margaret Hospital every week so her 12-month-old daughter Ruby can receive hydrotherapy. Ruby has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and a visual impairment.

The therapy is part of Ruby’s early intervention care to build and maintain her muscles to assist in her future development.

Ms Edwards says she has has been told by hospital staff that Ruby will be unable to have hydrotherapy treatment for the next six weeks because an employee at Princess Margaret Hospital is going on leave and will not be replaced due to the Barnett Government imposed job freeze.

Comments from WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan:

“It is absolutely appalling that in 2014, in Western Australia, disabled children are forced to go without important therapy.

“The Premier has created this unfair and heartless situation.

“Colin Barnett must immediately take action to ensure young Western Australians can continue receiving hydrotherapy over the next six weeks.”


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