The Peel Health Campus stands to receive $4.4 million from the McGowan Government’s state budget, but none will go towards hospital’s healthcare.
The cash injection will provide upgrades to the car parking facilities for visitors and staff, and increase overall security and safety through an upgrade of the CCTV system and the lock-down capability.
A release from Health Minister Roger Cook stated that the investment would also support a proactive program to improve the hospital’s assets and facilities.
“The future of Peel Health Campus as a quality hospital is vital to ensure a high standard of services to patients now and into the future,” Mr Cook said.
“This investment represents the government’s commitment to the people in the Peel region to having access to an essential and reliable health service close to home.”
February’s Sustainable Health Review Interim Report highlighted the Peel region as a pressure point within the state’s health system.
The November release of the review’s complete findings are expected to inform the future of the health campus heading forward.
Mandurah MP David Templeman said the health needs of the Peel region required a commitment from both the state and federal governments.
“I am pleased that this is the first time in eight and half years that the Peel Health Campus has received any funding commitment,” he said.
“The $4.4 million commitment to services at the Peel Health Campus is allocated for important upgrades.
“And I am particularly pleased that negotiations with Ramsay Health will determine the scope and costings for an expansion of the emergency department facility.”
A media statement from David Templeman’s office stated that the previous Liberal government allocated no funding to the Mandurah hospital, and “in the dying days of the Barnett government before the March 2017 election all they did was extend the contract for Ramsay Health for five years with no additional funding”.
Mr Templeman said he will now advocate for additional funding to address the medium and longer term issues facing the hospital and called upon the Federal Government and the Federal Labor Opposition to contribute to a comprehensive expansion plan for the Peel Health Campus.
Discussions with Ramsay will continue and costings sought for an expansion of the emergency department facility.
Under the previous government, Ramsay Health Care was awarded a five-year extension of the Peel Health Campus Health Service Agreement to August 2023.
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