Study needed before hospital work can begin: Premier
Premier Mark McGowan says Labor’s pre-election promise of $45 million promised for upgrades to Geraldton Hospital did not appear in this year’s State Budget because a scoping study was needed before works could be planned.
“We are going to undertake a business case and put the money in a future budget — that’s the normal process for these things,” he said.
“No work had been done on improving the hospital by the former government so you do the business case, you allocate the money after we work out exactly what we are going to spend nearly $50 million on.
The Premier said it was the Gallop Labor government that built the hospital in the first place.
“We’re going to expand it and improve it,” he said.
“People of the Mid West can rest assured that the money will go into future budgets.”
Mr McGowan stopped short of saying building work would start next financial year.
“The normal process with these things is that you do the business planning and the scoping studies and that is Treasury advice,” he said. “Once you do those things you put the money into the budget, so we want to make sure that the improvements to the hospital actually reflect the need of the local community and the wants of the local community.”
Mr McGowan said the Government wanted to make sure that the nearly $50 million was spent properly and not on other things that were not required