MORE than 300 people turned out for a rally pleading for a bigger and better Peel Health Campus last night.
Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup addressed the crowd, which included babies and a 92-year old, from a flat bed truck in the Eastlake Church car park.
An angry Mr Kirkup said there were no plans to extend the emergency department or the hospital car park, provide a dedicated waiting room for children or a plan for long term health delivery.
“The Emergency Department is the worst in WA when it comes to time seen according to the four-hour rule,” he said.
“If something goes wrong, you’re better off, I would not suggest this but if it’s not urgent, you are better off going to Bunbury, Rockingham or Fiona Stanley at times because the emergency department at Peel is so constrained.”
“The Emergency Department was only 85 per cent full on a recent Tuesday, imagine what that would mean on a weekend, a Friday night or a public holiday,” he said.
“The government can ignore us no longer.
“There is not a single technician at Peel who can fix a pacemaker or full-time renal dialysis.
“The emergency department is three times too small and Peel is not even in the top three hospitals in WA which I find abhorrent.
“I don’t care which party delivers expansion.”
Peel Health Campus Board of Advice chairman Don Pember said young children should not be in the same waiting room as a meth addict being tasered, and was concerned the hospital could not handle an ageing population.
“Waiting times have blown out and there has been a lack of visits by government ministers – it’s just not good enough.”
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie acknowledged the “very good care” provided by hospital staff.
He said he was committed to ensuring the State Government did not overlook the hospital.
According to Shadow Health Minister Sean L’Estrange, elective surgery waiting times needed Budget attention.
“The WA emergency access target is 90 per cent, but Peel Health Campus’s performance dropped from 76.7 per cent in 2013-14 to 65.9 per cent 2016-7 – a 14 per cent drop,’’ he said.
He asked the State Government not to turn its back on Mandurah.
Local MLAs David Templeman and Robyn Clarke and Health Minister Roger Cook were unable to attend the rally
Mr Templeman was in Kalgoorlie, Mrs Clark in Perth and Mr Cook at the induction of Kim Beazley as WA Governor.
Mr Templeman said today that hospital owners Ramsay Health presented a $70 million expansion plan to the Barnett Government in 2015-16.
“The then Health Minister Kim Hames sat on the plan and did nothing,” he said.
“In late 2016, Health Minister John Day granted a five-year extension to the contract but with no commitment to expansion or extra funding.
“Last time the hospital was expanded was in 2008 when the Labor Government doubled the accident and emergency department and renal unit.
“Peel Health Campus must expand and we must also include Murray Districts Hospital in the overall plan and address growing concerns around aged care.”