Improve the facilities first
I refer to the article (Health service access concerns, Pilbara News, 14/2) and commend the Tom Price resident who highlighted concerns over a lack of health services in the town.
I’m sure these concerns will resonate throughout the North West Central electorate and while I empathise with the WA Country Health Service regional director Ron Wynn regarding the challenges of providing services for regional and remote areas, the reality is that the challenge exists because of the lack of political will to ensure adequate funding is allocated to WACHS to ensure health service needs can be met throughout the region.
Labor has announced they will provide funds to improve health facilities, but what good is that if health services are not increased to take advantage of improved facilities?
My priority would be to argue for such funds to be used more appropriately, ensuring people entrenched in the region are provided for.
Provision and access to services is a constant struggle for people living in regional WA; improving them is critical top rejuvenating our regional centres.
Adequately serviced public health services is a basic right.