State Govt de­nies funds back­flip

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Mark Don­ald­son

THE State Gov­ern­ment has de­nied it will break its elec­tion prom­ise of funds to­wards a Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus up­grade now that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has con­trib­uted more than $150 mil­lion to the project.

WA La­bor pledged $167 mil­lion to a re­de­vel­op­ment at the hos­pi­tal in the lead-up to the 2017 poll.

It also signed a state­ment of in­tent to hon­our its com­mit­ment af­ter it won the elec­tion.

There has so far been no State con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the pro­posed up­grades in ei­ther of the Gov­ern­ment’s two bud­gets.

There was fund­ing di­rected to the hos­pi­tal in this year’s State Bud­get, but it came as part of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s $158 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion, an­nounced in April.

Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook said the State con­tri­bu­tion would be de­ter­mined once a busi­ness case had been de­vel­oped.

The Fed­eral fund­ing would be split into $4.6 mil­lion for plan­ning and $153.4 mil­lion for con­struc­tion.

The cost of the up­grades is tipped to far ex­ceed the Fed­eral con­tri­bu­tion and it is un­der­stood the State Gov­ern­ment in­tends to make up the dif­fer­ence.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Mike Na­han said Pre­mier Mark McGowan “needs to de­liver on his prom­ise”.

“They com­mit­ted State fund­ing to Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus… and de­spite hand­ing down two bud­gets now, the Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted not one cent,” he said.

“I am pleased the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has come to the party with fund­ing, but that is no ex­cuse for Mark McGowan to go back on his word.”

The State Gov­ern­ment promised to add up to 90 pub­lic beds, 30 men­tal health beds and eight op­er­at­ing theatres.

It also pledged to in­clude a sixbed stroke unit, an ur­gent care clinic and a Medi­ho­tel.

Op­po­si­tion leader Mike Na­han.

Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook.

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