Government issues disappointing response to PATS inquiry

August 20th, 2015 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

Fast Facts:

  • The Liberal-National Government has issued a disappointing response to the Patient Assisted Transport Scheme (PATS) inquiry
  • Kim Hames offers no additional funding and no timeframe to implement recommendations

Health Minister Kim Hames has issued a disappointing response to the PATS inquiry, failing to commit any new funding to the program and failing to outline a timeframe to implement the inquiry’s recommendations.

Earlier this year, the Standing Committee on Public Administration held hearings across the state to hear first-hand about the community’s experiences with the program in order to identify ways in which it could be improved.

The report made 18 recommendations, including an increase to subsidies to ensure they ‘reflect a realistic proportion of accommodation costs incurred by patients’.

While the Minister was generally supportive of the recommendations, he offered no additional funding for the service and gave no indication of when they would be implemented.

“People in regional WA will be disappointed with the Minister’s response.”

“They’ve held high hopes that this inquiry would result in some important improvements to PATS but it doesn’t look like that will happen any time soon.

“PATS is a vital service that assists thousands of people in regional WA to attend important medical appointments. However, it’s clear that there are serious concerns relating to funding levels and eligibility criteria.”

“If the Liberal-National Government is serious about creating a better service for people in regional WA, it must outline a timeframe to make these changes.”


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