Monday 8 May 2023
HASTIE PUTS PREMIER ON NOTICE: “IT’S TIME TO DELIVER FOR PEEL”
Canning MP Andrew Hastie is not backing down as he puts Premier Mark McGowan on notice to deliver for the people of the Peel region ahead of the 2023-24 State Budget this Thursday.
Last week Labor announced a $1.2 billion investment in public hospital infrastructure. However, Mr Hastie expressed his frustration that just $6.5 million is allocated for the Peel Health Campus transformation.
Mr Hastie said he would expect to see greater investment in the Peel Health Campus.
“This is not good enough. Since 2018, I have been campaigning with the community for WA Labor to deliver updates to the Peel Health Campus,” he said.
“Despite boasting the only state government surplus in Australia, the hospital system in WA is plagued by issue after issue.
“Throwing small amounts of funding at our hospitals doesn’t solve it. The Premier needs to reverse his decision to delay works at the Peel Health Campus – the hospital upgrades need to start now.”
Mr Hastie has spoken several times in Federal Parliament about the failures of the Labor government in managing the health system which is leading to bed shortages, ambulance ramping and unacceptable waiting times.
“There was radio silence from WA Labor as ambulance ramping hit a record high in December 2022. Then – last month – they suddenly turned up to take credit for the hard work of our hospital's emergency staff, who have managed to turn around ramping figures without assistance from the State Government,” Mr Hastie said.“When the going gets tough, WA Labor’s only priority is saving face – they couldn’t care less about the needs and concerns of the people of WA.
“We want action, and we wanted it yesterday. Premier, it’s time to deliver for Peel.”
Mr Hastie is hosting a Peel Community Health Forum on May 20 2023 at Lane Group Stadium at 11 Dower Street, Mandurah, and he is encouraging the local community to come along and have their say on the state of healthcare in the Peel region.
Community members can register to attend here.
Over 3,300 people have signed Mr Hastie’s petition calling for urgent action at the Peel Health Campus, which can be found here.
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