Bentley Hospital under threat

February 27th, 2015 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

The future of Bentley Hospital is under serious threat and the Health Department seems to be softening up staff for cuts to services.

As I commented in a recent article in in the West Australian, Bentley is under threat because the Government doesn’t know how it’s going to pay for all the recurrent costs at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

I am urging the State Government to reveal its plans for the 199-bed public hospital, given a recent staff meeting failed to spell out changes to its services or address fears that it would be downgraded to little more than a suburban health clinic.

Australian Nursing Federation State Secretary Mark Olson also called on Dr Hames to clarify the services at the hospital.

“We believe this valuable community asset is under immediate threat,” he said.

“We’ve been made aware of discussions in recent days to leave only a few services functioning and we’re not sure that what will be left after the changes could even be called a hospital, and it appears a more accurate name will be Bentley clinic.”


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