Royal Perth Hospital gutted, facing serious decline – the impact of Colin Barnett’s broken election promises

April 24th, 2014 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

Thursday 24 Apr 2014

Fast Facts:

Royal Perth Hospital gutted.
RPH facing 212 bed closures and an estimated 360 job losses.
Patient services at RPH slashed.
Hundreds of staff worried over uncertain future.

Royal Perth Hospital is facing an unprecedented wind-down of services with massive bed closures and staff cuts, thanks to Premier Barnett’s big broken promise to redevelop the hospital.

The hospital is being gutted despite the Premier’s $180 million promise to ‘transform RPH into a 400-bed trauma facility with a new emergency department and a new west wing’. Mr Barnett twice promised the redevelopment – at the 2008 and 2013 State Elections.

However, Mr Barnett has repeatedly failed to fund his promise and now RPH is set to suffer a serious decline.

WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan today met non-clinical staff including patient care assistants, orderlies and cleaners who are worried about their jobs and face an uncertain future.

So far about a third of the beds will be lost at RPH, from 662 to 450 beds.

Outpatient activity will be cut by 50 per cent and a range of inpatient services moved to Fiona Stanley Hospital.

An estimated 40 per cent of non-clinical staff will be cut, with staff told to seek employment with Serco at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

WA Labor introduced the Royal Perth Hospital Protection Bill into State Parliament to protect RPH as a major tertiary public hospital.

Comments from WA Labor Leader McGowan:

“Colin Barnett’s decision to shelve the Royal Perth Hospital redevelopment is a major blow for patients, staff and the Western Australian community.

“RPH is set to be gutted with massive cuts to patient services and staff.

“If the Barnett Government had kept its word, patients and staff would not be facing chaos, confusion and a serious down grading of the hospital.

“The Barnett Government’s mismanagement and broken promises are to blame; the promised redevelopment should be funded in the upcoming State Budget.

“While the health portfolio is in chaos the Barnett Government is wasting a million dollars on a self-serving advertising campaign in a bid to improve its tarnished image.”

MARK MCGOWAN MLA, WA LABOR LEADER

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