Study needed be­fore hos­pi­tal work can be­gin: Premier

Geraldton Guardian - - Guardian News - Ge­off Vi­vian

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

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