Im­prove the fa­cil­i­ties first

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Carol Green, Tom Price Greens can­di­date for North West Cen­tral

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.

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