WA patients are sleeping rough or going without care

February 24th, 2015 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

As reported on PerthNow, the Australian Medical Association is calling on the Barnett Government to urgently address the shortage of accommodation options near the Fiona Stanley Hospital.

The report said country patients are being forced to go without medical care because they can’t find a place to stay overnight while being treated at the FSH.

The AMA also told a Parliamentary inquiry the closure of a hostel next to RPH had forced more Aboriginal patients to sleep rough.

The AMA said opening the FSH on a greenfield site had created a “serious issue” for patients from the bush and that the Government must make affordable accommodation available near these hospitals or substantially increase subsidies available under the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS).

The AMA was aware of many examples of the scheme failing regional patients, including a patient living on the Nullarbor being given $50 and told to “find your own way home” after being flown from Kalgoorlie Hospital by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

This is a huge problem. If we are going to continue to rely on PATS and country patients flying into Perth for their treatment, then we are going to have to significantly lift our game on accommodation services.

AMA

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