CITY of Mandurah will throw its weight behind an appeal by Mayor Rhys Williams for the State Government to act on a lack of services at Peel Health Campus and Peel health services in general.
In a Notice of Motion to last night’s council meeting, Mr Williams moved that the council advise Health Minister Roger Cook of its concerns over the current level of future planning, particularly in relation to the short-term (five year) operating lease left on the hospital.
He is due to meet with the Minister on Thursday
Mr Williams said the council recently made a submission to the Sustainable Health Review.
“The submission spoke in detail of the current stresses that exist in Mandurah in relation to health services and the most glaring relate to Peel Health Campus,’’ he said.
“Many of these could be resolved if there was a longer term strategy for the campus.
“The State Government needs to address this issue.
“We have an ageing populating but since 1997 when the hospital was built, and there was a population of around 35,00 until today’s population of 85,000, there has been little expansion.”
Mr Williams said current operators Ramsay Health did an outstanding job but had only four operating years left and community expectations should be attended to urgently.
He said he had discussed the issue with Mandurah MLA David Templeman after Mr Williams’ election as mayor and had collected many stories from retirement villages regarding health concerns.
“The community needs a better deal than it is getting,’’ he said.
Councillor Fred Reibeling said the issue had been disregard by Parliament for far too long and it was time for some answers.