MLA calls for transport help

In July, the Government announced it would close Armadale theatres and move surgeries to Bentley to reduce waiting lists.

Dr Buti said in the ‘rush to cut’, the Government had not considered patient access issues.

‘Most people requiring cataract surgery are elderly, and because of their impaired vision, many cannot drive,’ he said.

Dr Buti said the nearest bus stop to Bentley Hospital was a seven-minute walk for a fit, sighted person, and passengers would need to transfer at Cannington to get to this service, which only ran three times a day.

‘The return trip is even more complicated as there is no connecting service from Bentley Hospital and any trip would require a walk of over 1.3km,’ he said.

He said the Government should reverse its decision.

An Armadale Kelmscott Memorial Hospital spokesman said patients from Armadale having eye surgery at Bentley would be assessed individually in terms of transport needs.

‘If a patient is facing financial hardship or does not have access to private transport, that is, a family member or friend, they will be provided with taxi vouchers to assist with travel to and from Bentley Hospital,’ he said.