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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The official opening of the first stage of Fiona Stanley Hospital is a significant step forward for health in Western Australia, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said today.
“This massive project is a clear sign of the importance of health in our society, and the latest sign that we have the best health system in Australia,” AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said.
“It is appropriate that the project developed across a number of governments, health ministers, premiers and political parties. The AMA (WA) welcomes this $2.4 billion project and congratulates all those involved in its vision, design, construction and staffing.”
“Generations to come will thank both the current and previous State Government for the commitment they have shown in providing this state-of-the-art medical facility and other new hospitals currently being constructed.”
“We are grateful that the importance of world-class health care has been recognised by our policy makers, and now we can proudly say that we have one of the best tertiary hospitals in the entire Southern Hemisphere.
“However, the hard work starts now – the actual roll out and running of an incredibly complicated piece of infrastructure,” Dr Gannon said.
The AMA (WA) noted the hard work of the planning team from the Health Department, especially Chief Executive Dr David Russell-Weisz.
“This project is a testimony to the leadership of Dr Russell-Weisz and his team. We wish him well for the difficult work that still lies ahead, and the phased opening of other sections of Australia’s newest and most complex hospital,” Dr Gannon said.
We also acknowledge the dedication of our Acting Director General for Health, Professor Bryant Stokes, who has been vital in ensuring that health care in this State continues to grow from strength to strength.”
The AMA (WA) has been working with the Health Department for some years now to ensure appropriate design and staffing decisions are made. We now intend to stay closely involved in observing the opening and the roll out of medical services,” he said.