Peel Health Campus tally signs to go up across town in lead up to health forum

Canning MHR Andrew Hastie and Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup.
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie and Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup.

IN coming weeks, signs around Mandurah could keep a tally of how long it has been since the first Peel Health Rally back in May.

The campaign will be Canning MHR Andrew Hastie and Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup’s way of keeping up the pressure on the State Government for action on Peel Health Campus.

Mr Hastie said each sign holder would get a set of numbers to stick on their sign for every 10 days the State Government fails to deliver.

In May, more than 350 residents rallied outside the hospital to demand a better hospital.

Since then, he said, hundreds of people had signed petitions, written letters, and contacted their State representatives asking the State Government to invest in the health of Mandurah.

This Wednesday, WA Health Minister Roger Cooke visits Mandurah for a health forum as part of the Sustainable Health Review.

“But the Minister needs to understand how serious the community is,’’ Mr Kirkup said.

“We still have among the worst emergency waiting times in WA and pensioners and the elderly still lack easy access to important treatment.”

“We need more beds, better infrastructure and better care,’’ Mr Hastie added.

“The Federal Government invested an extra $170 million into WA hospitals this year but that money was distributed according to the State Government’s priorities – Peel Health Campus didn’t get a cent.”

Mandurah MLA David Templeman said it was time to work together and the health issue was his highest priority.

“Everyone is concerned about the ongoing provision of health services in Mandurah,’’ he said.

“That’s why the State Government has initiated the Sustainable Health Review to cater for a growing population, including an older demographic.

SEE ALSO: Budget funding for Peel Health Campus.

“We are all concerned and that is why Mr Kirkup has been invited to attend the health forum.

“My expectation is we will highlight gaps and deficiencies in the current system and find solutions including budget considerations for going forward.

“I welcome the attention on the health system as no attention has been paid to it in the past eight years.

“Ultimately, we need an expanded hospital catering for existing and future growth and it is my highest priority.

“I hope Mr Hastie will work with his Federal counterparts to support any funding requests in the future because the Federal Government has never made a significant contribution to Peel Health Campus in the past.

“Its time to work together and achieve the outcomes we need.”