MP push for urgent health funding
Member for Moore Shane Love has asked Health Minister Roger Cook to outline plans to address what he describes as urgent health needs in his electorate since the Government axed more than $21 million local health funding.
Mr Love said he had highlighted grave concerns about gaps in the delivery of health and aged care to the then Health Minister shortly after his election in 2013.
Mr Cook said under the previous government, a lot of money had gone to “politically sexy areas” and perhaps not to the areas of greater health funding need.
“What we had under the Royalties for Regions program was a shopping list of things that people would like, not necessarily a properly analysed list of what was needed,” he said.
However, Mr Love said a comprehensive health package had been crafted to deliver increased emergency, acute, palliative, short-stay and community-based care, along with antenatal and post-services.
“The four-year health package was backed by an extensive business case developed by the WA Country Health Service,” he said.
Mr Love said the $22.46 million package would have included improved access to 24/7 emergency care, overnight care and two new hospital beds at Jurien Bay Health Centre.
It also included boosting antenatal and postnatal care in the Dongara-Mingenew-Eneabba area, enhanced treatment of chronic disease as well as the currently funded provision of more aged-care beds at Dongara Health Centre. Mr Cook said he would visit these facilities in the new year to improve his understanding of the matters Mr Love raised. He said he would also work to improve access to the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme.