MP queries Katan­ning hospi­tal GPs

Great Southern Herald - - News - Saskia Adysti

We spend $35 mil­lion on this hospi­tal and when they go to the emer­gency ser­vice they strug­gle to find a doc­tor. Mem­ber for Roe Peter Rundle

Katan­ning Re­gional Hospi­tal’s ca­pac­ity to meet com­mu­nity de­mand was ques­tioned in Par­lia­ment last month.

Mem­ber for Roe Peter Rundle asked if Min­is­ter for Health Roger Cook was aware of the lack of GPs in Katan­ning hospi­tal emer­gency de­part­ment.

Mr Rundle said he had been ap­proached by sev­eral mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who had to wait three weeks for an ap­point­ment and oth­ers find­ing no as­sis­tance at the emer­gency de­part­ment.

“In gen­eral there is a con­cern for the com­mu­nity for the num­bers of GPs and doc­tors avail­able to ser­vice the emer­gency de­part­ment at the hospi­tal,” he said.

“I spoke with WA coun­try health and I know that they are try­ing hard to fix the sit­u­a­tion.”

In re­sponse, Mr Cook said he had not been aware of the sit­u­a­tion but un­der­stood that WA had one of the low­est den­si­ties of gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers in Aus­tralia.

“The av­er­age num­ber of GPs per 100,000 pop­u­la­tion na­tion­ally is 95 and in WA it is 77,” he said.

“That comes on top of the fact that in Cottes­loe and Ned­lands, we have the high­est con­cen­tra­tions of GPs in the na­tion.

“It gives an in­di­ca­tion of just how par­lous the sit­u­a­tion is in coun­try ar­eas.”

Mr Rundle said he was also con­cerned with the im­pact it might have on St John Am­bu­lance be­cause they were of­ten trans­port­ing pa­tients to Al­bany and other lo­ca­tions.

“I’m get­ting a lot of feed­back from peo­ple in Katan­ning to say that it’s not good enough — we spend $35 mil­lion on this hospi­tal and when they go to the emer­gency ser­vice they strug­gle to find a doc­tor,” he said. “We need to fig­ure out a way to fix this sit­u­a­tion.

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