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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The Australian Medical Association (WA) today said the State Government is failing to keep its promises on Royal Perth Hospital, calling the latest announcement on a replacement helipad a drop in the ocean of what is needed.
“While the weekend’s plan to spend $6.8 million on a replacement helipad at RPH is welcome news for the trauma service, it is a drop in the ocean of investment required to keep the hospital open,” AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller said.
“This spending was necessary to ensure larger helicopters can land and is not the Christmas gift the government is trying to paint it.
“According to promises made during the 2008 State Election campaign, there should be a building program just about finishing on a new hospital on the RPH site. Instead there are still no plans for the future, and there is certainly no building. Instead there have been promises and band aids.
Former Health Minister Dr Kim Hames had promised during the 2008 campaign that the Liberal Party would plan a new emergency department for RPH in its first term of government and “the new section of the hospital would then be built in a second term of government at a cost of $550 million”.
Dr Miller said the helipad modifications were necessary to receive new, larger helicopters and did not demonstrate the government’s dedication to anything.
“Health Minister John Day should demonstrate his commitment to RPH by spending the necessary cash to plan and begin building a new hospital. All we have heard over the past eight years have been promises and downgrades. Meanwhile the hospital itself continues to deteriorate and the morale of health workers continues to fall.
“The future of RPH should be a feature of the coming state election campaign. The Liberal Government was partially elected on its promise to retain RPH. They must show they are serious about it by immediately allocating the necessary funds to prepare for the future. The helipad will provide better access to a facility that deserves the attention that was promised,” Dr Miller said.
To speak to Dr Andrew Miller, please contact Robert Reid on 0422 553 877.