Essential funding for medical research $18m funding shortfall

What they promised

A new $30million investment will be added to the $58million already committed over the next four years to health and medical research.

- The Liberals Health Policy

What they say now

Only $12 million of additional funding has been allocated to Future Health.

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14 Aug 2013 - The medical community has raised their concerns about the failure of the Barnett government to honour their commitment to provide an additional $30 million for medical research.

In the Liberals’ Health Policy they announced the provision of an additional $30 million for medical research. 

‘A new $30million investment will be added to the $58million already committed over the next four years to health and medical research, bringing the total State Government investment to $88million – an increase of more than 50 per cent.’

Liberals’ Health Policy p11

This was described as part of their commitment towards fostering a culture of science and innovation in Western Australia. 

When the budget handed down only $12 million was allocated with nothing for 2013/14 and only $4 million a year in each of the 3 out years.

The medical community has raised their concerns about the failure of the Barnett government to honour the commitment they had made.  Dr Gannon the Vice President of the AMA in Western Australia said ‘the Government was also short-sighted to fund only $12 million of the extra $30 million needed for medical research’. The West Australian, 9 August 2013, p9.

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