Hos­pi­tal funds push

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - ENVIRONMENT -

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.

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