Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
$120 Million For New Medical Equipment
Victor P Taffa
More than $120 Million over three years will be used to replace priority clinical and diagnostic medical equipment for patients in Western Australia’s hospitals to improve care.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the additional funding recognised that much of the medical equipment within the health system was overdue for replacement.
“Patients in WA deserve the best we can offer and that means making sure the equipment our doctors and nurses use in our hospitals is absolutely up to scratch.” Dr. Hames said.
“Health care is a quickly evolving area. This funding will allow us to keep up with new technology, as well as replace those items of equipment that are nearing the end of their useful life.”
The Minister said the funding for 2010-11 and 2011-12 would be used to replace high-priority equipment such as ultrasound machines, CT scanners and X-ray machines and equipment for theatres, laboratories and dental purposes.
“This is just one of the many highlights in the next State Budget for health which will be detailed tomorrow.” Dr. Hames said.
“This is a responsible step for the Liberal-National Government to take to ensure the patients of WA receive the best quality care and our doctors and nurses have the equipment they need to carry out their roles.”
“The State Government is committed to providing quality health services closer to home for metropolitan and country residents. Replacement of these priority clinical and diagnostic items through this funding will enable outdated and unreliable technology to be replaced and improve reliable access to services for the residents of WA.” Dr. Hames said.