North West Health Initiative gutted

What they promised

$161m for the North West Health Initiative, from Royalties for Regions, to improve health and aged care facilities in towns across the North-West

- Ministerial Media Statement 8 August 2013

What they say now

$115m cut from North West Health Initiative

- Mid-Year Review 18 December 2013

07 Mar 2014 - Just 4 months after announcing the $161m North West Health Initiative, the Liberal Government has ripped $115m from the program putting at risk planned upgrades to hospitals and health facilities throughout the north of the State. .

The decision to strip over 70% of funding from the North West Health Initiative puts in doubt planned upgrades to Newman, Tom Price, Onslow, Roebourne and Paraburdoo Hospitals and regional telehealth facilities in the north.  P108 2013-14 Government Mid-year Financial Projections Statement (MYR)

The money was cut as part of the State Government Asset Investment Review Program so will have particular impact on the capital works program of the Northern West Health Initiative. 

The detail of the Northern Health Initiative was outlined in the article in the Farm Weekly. P7 15 August 2013.  

14/15 State Government Budget Update

The 14/15 State Government Budget has detailed the expenditure over the next 4 years.  Only $126 million of the original $161 million has been allocated a cut of $35 million.  P211 Budget Paper 3 

15/16 State Government Budget Update

In the 15/16 State Budget, it was revealed that for the second year in a row, the North West Health Initiative has been delayed. Despite initial plans for funding to begin in 2013-14 no money has been spent to date.