AN extra $1.9 million for Peel Health Campus will speed up the delivery of public elective surgeries for people living in the Peel and surrounding regions.
The funding commitment follows rumours that public elective surgeries had been pushed back at the Campus in September.
Health Minister John Day said it reflected the Government’s commitment to meet the growing community’s health care needs.
“Peel Health Campus is a vital part of the hospital network and this funding boost will enable the hospital to deliver more elective surgeries including gastrointestinal; colorectal; and ear, nose and throat procedures,” Mr Day said.
Mr Day said the campus was on track to perform more than 8100 planned elective surgeries for public patients in 2016-17.
This is up to 400 more than the previous year.
“The fact is there is always a high level of demand at Peel Health Campus,” Mr Day said.
Mr Day did not confirm whether the expansion of the campus would be approved by his Government, despite Ramsay Health pledging to commit their own funds to the project.
“It would involve a substantial commitment from the State government as well as operational commitment,” he said.
Mr Day said the hospital continued to deliver excellent, efficient patient care, with operator Ramsay Health Care recently securing a contract extension to 2023.
“This not only ensures continuity of service, its competitive pricing model will save WA taxpayers an estimated $13 million over the life of the contract,” he said.
“The new contract provides stability for the community and confidence in the delivery of quality health care.
“At the same time, we have commenced clinical service planning to address the region’s long-term health care needs, which will help inform future options for the region.”
Peel Health Campus
The hospital is a 193-bed public and private hospital
In 2015-16, PHC provided the following services to public patients: more than 7760 elective surgeries, 42,700 emergency department presentations, 19,100 inpatients admissions and delivered more than 800 babies