Liberal-National Government’s regional hospital upgrade con

July 10th, 2014 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

Thursday 10 Jul 2014

Fast Facts:

Liberal-National Government re-announces upgrades to regional hospitals that were already promised in May 2011.
Funding for these upgrades was cut in the December Mid-Year Review. It has now simply been re-instated.
These upgrades should have been completed in 2014-15. The funding cuts mean the upgrades will now be delayed to 2017-18

The Liberal-National Government’s announcement today that regional hospitals will receive funding for upgrades is laughable, given the same upgrades were originally announced in May 2011.

Health Minister Kim Hames and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today ‘announced’ a new Manjimup Hospital, as well as upgrades to Northam Hospital, Collie Hospital, Merredin Hospital, Narrogin Hospital and Katanning Hospital.

These upgrades had already been announced back in May 2011, as part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative. However, the funding was ripped out of the budget in the Mid-Year Review, released in December 2013.

All the Liberal-National Government has done today is reinstate funding that was cut in December. If the Government had stuck to its original timeframe, the upgrades would have been completed in 2014-15. Now they won’t be completed until at least 2017-18.

Comments from Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook:

“This is an extremely deceptive announcement by the Liberal-National Government. It is trying to con regional Western Australians.

“Its claim that these hospitals are receiving a funding boost is laughable, given these upgrades were originally announced in May 2011.

“The budget cuts in December mean the people in these regions will have to wait two years extra to receive these important upgrades.

“This is yet another example of how the Government’s terrible financial management is causing delays to important hospital upgrades across regional WA.”

ROGER COOK – DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH; SCIENCE

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