Health fund­ing prom­ise

Canning Times - - NEWS - Ben Smith

BENT­LEY Hos­pi­tal could reap the re­wards of a La­bor vic­tory at next year’s Fed­eral Elec­tion, fol­low­ing a fund­ing pledge from Op­po­si­tion Leader Bill Shorten.

Mr Shorten promised $10.9 mil­lion for the health cam­pus if La­bor wins the up­com­ing elec­tion.

The Op­po­si­tion Leader took a brief tour of the hos­pi­tal along­side Premier Mark McGowan and can­di­date for the seat of Swan Han­nah Bea­z­ley, be­fore he an­nounced the pro­posed fund­ing.

He la­belled the hos­pi­tal a “pre­cious com­mu­nity re­source” in need of some well-over­due up­grades.

“This hos­pi­tal is show­ing a lit­tle bit of its age and we want to make sure the peo­ple in this com­mu­nity who pay their taxes to Can­berra get their fair share of taxes rein­vested in health care,” he said.

Mr McGowan said the pro­posed up­grades would rep­re­sent an im­por­tant boost to the cur­rent ser­vices in the east met­ro­pol­i­tan re­gion.

“This will mean ma­ter­nity ser­vices, men­tal health ser­vices and aged care ser­vices here at the hos­pi­tal will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment,” he said.

“This hos­pi­tal ser­vices Vic­to­ria Park, Can­ning­ton and Bent­ley it­self but also fur­ther afield, ar­eas like Wil­son and Bel­mont,” he said.

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