Med­i­cal gear is a con­cern

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Tracey He­im­berger Dampier

In ref­er­ence to the ar­ti­cle (Med­i­cal imag­ing in fo­cus, 08/02), how much-needed spe­cial­ist equip­ment will be funded for the new Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus — our lo­cal res­i­dent, Dr (Martin) Ku­mar is a se­nior med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner who knows what he is talk­ing about.

If the Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus bud­get of $150 mil­lion has blown out to $270 mil­lion, will the State Gov­ern­ment now not have fund­ing to pur­chase new spe­cial­ist equip­ment?

Will Roy­al­ties for Re­gions fund the spe­cial­ist med­i­cal equip­ment for the new health cam­pus? Or will the State Gov­ern­ment ap­proach Rio Tinto and Wood­side as it has in the past?

Rio Tinto and Wood­side have made very large fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions to hos­pi­tals and other health pro­grams across the whole of the Pil­bara.

Rio Tinto and BHP Bil­li­ton have run a Statewide pro­mo­tion on what the in­crease of min­ing tax means to the com­pa­nies, com­mu­ni­ties and for WA’s GST al­lo­ca­tion.

What will be their re­sponse to any re­quest for fund­ing to buy spe­cial­ist med­i­cal equip­ment af­ter cam­paign­ing for no in­crease in the min­ing tax? I’m cer­tain the view will not be favourable.

It ap­pears that there is no firm fund­ing al­lo­cated for the spe­cial­ist med­i­cal equip­ment. So where will fund­ing for spe­cial­ist med­i­cal equip­ment for the new Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus come from?

This mat­ter is very con­cern­ing, and the whole com­mu­nity should be wor­ried.

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