Osborne Park hospital to have 800 extra car bays once $3m works finished

Osborne Park hospital to have 800 extra car bays once $3m works finished

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.

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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.