OSBORNE Park hospital will have an expanded 800-bay carpark after $3 million works are completed, but the Opposition claims patients are still being “short-changed”.
Balcatta MLA Chris Hatton said the project, announced on Thursday, would benefit patients, their visitors and local residents.
“Parking at the hospital has been a long-term problem, with patients and visitors often forced to park in nearby streets, causing major headaches for local traffic,” Mr Hatton said.
Health Minister John Day said the hospital delivered up to 1500 babies each year, had a stroke rehabilitation unit, and also provided outpatient service; with specialist clinics for Parkinson’s disease sufferers, falls treatment, and memory evaluation.
Opposition Health spokesman Roger Cook said the works were “too little, too late”.
“The Liberals first announced $5.5 million for 500 new bays at Osborne Park during the 2013 campaign. Now it’s been reduced to $3 million for 300 new bays and they are only getting around to building it now,” he said.