MORE than 300 people turned out for the Peel Health Campus rally tonight.
Held at the Eastlake Church carpark (opposite the hospital), Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup stood on the back of a tip tray truck with a banner saying ‘fund our hospital’.
He said there were no plans to extend the emergency department, the hospital car park or provide a dedicated waiting room for children and 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 [at Peel] is so constrained.”
Mr Kirkup said Health Minister Roger Cook visited Peel Health Campus recently on a Tuesday afternoon.
“The Emergency Department was only 85 per cent full on a Tuesday, imagine what that would mean on a weekend, a Friday night or a public holiday,” he said.
“The government cannot ignore us any longer,” he said.
Mr Kirkup put out the call for the rally, saying the hospital was at a critical point.