Government Medical Research plan will not help Health

Government Medical Research plan will not help Health


Wednesday 20 February 2013

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Premier Colin Barnett’s “FutureHealth WA” election promise is an embarrassment for a party attempting to portray itself as health or science oriented, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said.

 

“This plan will NOT lead to better health for all Western Australians as the Premier has claimed,” AMA (WA) President Dr Richard Choong said.

 

“This plan will also NOT broaden the state economy nor develop a science culture.

 

“This plan will drive keen, skilled young researchers out of WA. It will turn us into a national embarrassment as a base for research and it will not lead to better health in any way,” Dr Choong said.

 

“I agree with many of the Premier’s statements in his press release on the importance and benefits of medical research but the paltry amount of additional funding announced will not assist research in any way.”

 

The AMA met with all political leaders over the last few months to present a detailed model and business case for an extra $40 million a year for health research. This would result in not only WA able to look constructively at a range of health research projects but would also have attracted more private funding.

 

With the help of research excellence, WA can begin to insulate itself from the economic storms that assault us at times. We should not have our economy based solely on mining but on also using our medical and research skills.

 

“We call on all political parties in this election to take medical research seriously. WA has the research capacity; we have the researchers who in turn have the drive, intelligence and the keen inquisitiveness necessary to excel in research. It seems however that we only lack the political will,” Dr Choong said.

 

“We call on all political parties in this election to take medical research seriously. WA has the research capacity; we have the researchers who in turn have the drive, intelligence and the keen inquisitiveness necessary to excel in research. It seems however that we only lack the political will,” Dr Choong said.

 

“The announcement by the Premier amounts to $7.5 million a year. This is a paltry amount when compared to either the total state budget or even the total state health budget,” Dr Choong said.

 

“This announcement means just one thing: Western Australia will become a dumber state.”

 

For further comment or to contact Dr Richard Choong,  please call Robert Reid on 0422 553877.

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