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