Money raised by land sales must stay with health: AMA (WA)

Money raised by land sales must stay with health: AMA (WA)


Thursday 25 September 2014

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All monies raised through the sale of landmark hospital sites should be kept for spending on health services, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said today.

 

“We are not opposed to the sale of hospital sites or other land currently used for health services. The key to health is not who owns the land, the key is providing excellent world class care and services in well-equipped hospitals,” AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said.

 

“However with state finances under increasing pressure it is vital that any money raised through the sale of land used for health services be returned to the WA Health Department,” he said.

 

The AMA was responding to plans announced by the Premier of WA, the Hon. Colin Barnett today to sell off a number of former and existing hospital and health service sites across metropolitan Perth.

 

The Princess Margaret, Kaleeya, Swan District, Shenton Park and Woodside Maternity hospital sites are all on the list of land sales aimed at reducing the state’s debt.

 

“It is appropriate that the State Government regularly consider the need for retaining ownership of all government held land in order to minimise waste or holding unused properties.

 

“The Government is to be congratulated for a more efficient approach to land use. However the money raised must be allocated to health,” Dr Gannon said.

 

The AMA (WA) has also urged the State Government to sell the outdated Graylands Hospital site as soon as it has been determined where the services currently offered on site are moved to.

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