Hospital funds push
BENTLEY man Alan Bateson has called on the candidates for the seat of Swan to fight for Bentley Hospital in the lead-up to the election.
Citing the Federal Government’s $54 billion in cuts to the health budget, the 62-year-old retiree launched a campaign to have funding restored to Bentley Hospital.
“I have cancer in my neck, have had my lips taken off and sewed back on and need a coronary bypass,” he said.
Genetically I haven’t had much luck but it means I have used the hospital’s surgery for a long time.”
So far, Mr Bateson’s petition has attracted 343 signatures and he has called on Swan candidates to support his cause. “What they’re doing isn’t working,” he said.
“I don’t want to hear that it’s a state problem; federalism overrides state all the time.
“Party policies play too much of an influence on all policies…. These are services we pay for with our taxes that are cut,” he said.
To sign the petition, go to www.communityrun.org/petitions /save-our-bentley-hospital. Steve Irons, Liberal
Late last year a report was released recommending the maternity unit at the hospital be closed, and that was provisionally accepted by the State Government.
I contacted the State Minister and argued Bentley was meeting the threshold for a viable service with 1060 babies delivered in 2015.
The Minister recognised the value of the services and agreed to keep the unit operating until at least 2018, subject to ongoing reviews. Tammy Solonec, Labor
When I’m out doorknocking or calling people on the phones, Bentley Hospital’s future comes up in conversation quite a bit. People want answers about what future this hospital has. Health is a state responsibility, but it is important all levels work together to achieve the best outcomes for the community. Sarah Nielsen-Harvey, Greens
It is the Federal Government’s responsibility to ensure that states have appropriate funding, and this blame game between State and Commonwealth is tiring, dangerous and needs to end. We have launched the Greens federal health package, injecting $4 billion by 2020.