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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
In an effort to break the climate of secrecy being fostered by Health Minister Dr Kim Hames and the Health Department, the Australian Medical Association (WA) is calling on all Doctors to let it know the extent of cuts in their Department being planned by the State Government.
“The WA Government is cutting the health budget by around $400 million a year and as a result we will see the hospital workforce be culled by up to 1,000 jobs,” Dr Michael Gannon said.
“The survey currently being held by the AMA of all medical professionals in the State will help provide detail on where and the job cuts are and how they will impact. We already know that job cuts will impact the quality of health care, despite the Health Minister’s claims otherwise. We need to know the full extent of the impact of these cuts before they hit.”
Dr Gannon said it was extremely disappointing that the Government and Health Minister were attempting to keep the profession in the dark about job cuts in the sector.
“The State Government has developed a culture of secrecy that is already impacting both morale and health care,” Dr Gannon said.
“While the Government has more than enough money for roads, sporting stadia and waterfront developments, it seems that health can and will suffer. Health should be the last area of Government spending to be cut. Health care is too important to suffer in this way. Caring for public patients in public hospitals is the most basic moral responsibility of any State Government.
“I have no doubt that West Australians will let the government know in no uncertain terms its feeling about these cuts at the next election. Before then we will fight strongly to retain the current gold class health service that West Australians have rightly grown to expect.”
“Health care in WA cannot go backwards. Under this Government the only plan appears to be to accede to the demands of Treasury,” Dr Gannon said.
Dr Gannon has emailed all doctors in Western Australia with a link to the survey, and the Association urges both members and non-members alike to make their voices heard on this issue.