Funding cut from District Hospital Upgrades in South of WA

What they promised

$565 million investment in the Southern Inland Health Initiative including $325m in capital works over five years Ministerial Media Statement 19 May 2011

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What they say now

Asset Investment program review resulted in $141.8m in savings over the next 3 years

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05 Mar 2014 - The Barnett Government has stripped $141.8 million over the next 3 years from the Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI) resulting in significant delays for planned upgrades to District Hospitals, small hospitals and nursing posts. .

The decision to strip $141.8m from the SIHI will cause further delays to the upgrades which were due to be completed by 2015-16. Most of the work should have been completed in 2013/14 and had already been pushed out, but this decision means that the earliest many of the upgrades will occur is 2017/18.   P108 2013-14 Government Mid-year Financial Projections Statement (MYR)

This decision affects District Hospitals in Collie ($8.6m), Katanning ($35m), Merredin ($18.08m), Narrogin ($39.86m), Northam ($31m) and Warren District – Manjimup ($14.86m).  A combined total of $147.4m was pledged to upgrade these hospitals in 2011.  P1 Merredin- Wheatbelt Mercury 25/5/2011

It will also have an impact on the timing of planned upgrades to smaller hospital and nursing posts throughout the affected regions.  The SIHI goes as far north as Meekatharra, east of Laverton and takes in the entire southwest region.  Refer to the map of the SIHI.  

News of the delays was recently reported in a range of regional newspapers. 

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