Call to keep MRI pledge

State Govern­ment prom­ise for MRI ma­chine at hos­pi­tal yet to be de­liv­ered

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

MT DRUITT res­i­dents are pa­tiently wait­ing for a much­needed MRI ma­chine at Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal, af­ter a com­mit­ment from Premier Mike Baird in the lead-up to the last state elec­tion in March 2015.

Chi­fley fed­eral La­bor MP Ed Hu­sic and Mt Druitt state La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla have both been ag­i­tat­ing for the Premier to keep his prom­ise.

“We have been ask­ing for ages where it is at,” Mr Hu­sic said.

He said Mr Atalla had “re­peat­edly” asked the State Govern­ment for a timetable.

“If it is good enough to make the prom­ise, it’s good enough to de­liver,” Mr Hu­sic said.

AL­MOST a year af­ter the State Govern­ment com­mit­ted to fund an MRI ma­chine at Mt Druitt, pa­tients are still wait­ing.

Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal has re­cently seen cuts in­clud­ing the clo­sure of its car­diac and emer­gency surgery ward.

Chi­fley fed­eral La­bor MP Ed Hu­sic ex­pressed his con­cerns in Par­lia­ment last week.

“We saw, in the last state elec­tion, a sud­den com­mit­ment by the Baird Govern­ment to fund an MRI for Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal,” Mr Hu­sic said.

“We have been ask­ing for ages where it is at. It has not been de­liv­ered.

“If it is good enough to make the prom­ise, it is good enough to de­liver on it, and I urge the Baird govern­ment to get on with it.”

Gayle Barba­gallo, of Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group, also ex­pressed her con­cern.

“The pop­u­la­tion to be ser- viced by Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal is grow­ing and will put strain on neigh­bour­ing West­mead and Black­town’s scan­ning ma­chines, which are al­ready busy,” she said.

The State Govern­ment funded a $400 mil­lion upgrade to Black­town and Mt Druitt Hospi­tals, with Mt Druitt re­ceiv­ing just $20.42 mil­lion of the to­tal.

Black­town Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal gen­eral man­ager SueAnne Red­mond said a time frame for the MRI had not been de­ter­mined.

“A fi­nal busi­ness case has been pre­pared for stage two of the $400 mil­lion upgrade of Black­town and Mt Druitt hospi­tals,” Ms Red­mond said.

“Con­struc­tion is an­tic­i­pated to start in 2016.

“Time frames for de­liv­ery of spe­cific com­po­nents of the Black­town and Mt Druitt pro­ject will be de­ter­mined once the busi­ness case has been ap­proved,” she added.

We have been ask­ing for ages where it is at. It has not been de­liv­ered

Ed Hu­sic

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