RPH commitment welcomed but more needed

RPH commitment welcomed but more needed

Tuesday 14 February 2017


The Australian Medical Association (WA) today said Labor’s announcement on Royal Perth Hospital was a good start, but not nearly good enough to fix capacity issues in WA.


“Despite two terms of building new hospitals and renovating others, incredibly there has been a fall in the number of available hospital beds,” AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller said.


“RPH needs around $240 million spent on it to return it to being one of our best hospitals. “Today’s announcement of a Medihotel and an Urgent Care Clinic is positive and will assist, but much more needs to be done.


“Both Labor and Liberal parties need to make a clear promise to ensure the redevelopment of RPH, along with a firm undertaking to make the money available.”


“Medihotels will take time to plan, build, staff and commission. In the meantime there are around 100 commissioned beds at RPH lying idle.


“Opening just 50 of those closed beds would make a huge and immediate difference to our hospital capacity,” Dr Miller said.


“With no clear plan or funding for the redevelopment of RPH, it will continue to deteriorate with staff morale and patient care slipping further,” he said.


The AMA (WA) also welcomes the commitment to examine and hopefully implement the findings of the Cancer Taskforce and the ultimate establishment of an Oncology and Radiotherapy Service at RPH.


“Much of this infrastructure already exists and the cost would be minimal,” Dr Miller said.

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