State Budget 2017: Joondalup Health Campus expansion plans continue despite no funds listed

Joondalup Health Campus.
Joondalup Health Campus.

THERE is no provision to expand Joondalup Health Campus in the 2017-18 State Budget or forward estimates although planning is underway.

JHC chief executive Kempton Cowan said detailed clinical service and capital planning work for an expansion continued following the co-signing of a ‘statement of intent’ by the State Government and Ramsay Health Care.

“It is anticipated subsequent budgets will include the required funding once timeframes for the delivery of this investment and associated service enhancements have been approved by the State Government,” he said.

Prior to the State Election in March, WA Labor promised $167 million for the hospital, including to build a Medihotel for the northern suburbs to free up hospital beds and reduce surgery waiting times.

It proposed to open an urgent care clinic to take pressure off the emergency department plus provide another 90 public beds and eight more operating theatres.

It also wanted to increase the number of mental health beds by 25 to 30, increase parking bays and open a six-bed stroke unit.

The budget did not include funding for those projects, but listed ongoing works with about $24.1 million over two years for the paediatric ward and more than $17 over four years for the mental health observation area.

Speaking on radio today, Health Minister Roger Cook said the projects would be in the forward estimates once they had been scoped properly and business cases put together.

Budget papers noted that investment in health infrastructure over recent years had included expansion of JHC.

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