Hames must clarify the future of the Royal Perth Hospital Protection Bill

Wednesday 10 Apr 2013

The HSUWA has called on reappointed Health Minister Kim Hames to clarify whether the Barnett Government intends to proceed with its stalled legislation to protect Royal Perth Hospital as a teaching hospital.

Protecting Royal Perth Hospital was a key election commitment of the Liberal Party at the 2008 State Election.

Minister Hames introduced the Royal Perth Hospital Bill into State Parliament in 2008, but it has languished for four years and remains in the Upper House.

HSUWA Secretary Dan Hill said the union had serious concerns about the fate of the Bill, following Premier Colin Barnett’s declaration of a fresh start for his re-elected government.

“HSUWA was alarmed to hear Mr Barnett indicate he intended to scrap all Bills currently before State Parliament, as part of a fresh start for his government,” Mr Hill said.

“Given the importance of the Royal Perth Hospital Bill to the inner city northern suburbs of Perth, as well as to the thousands of people who work at Royal Perth, Dr Hames should clarify what this fresh start means, in respect to this Bill.”

Mr Hill said he had written to the Premier, seeking assurances that the Bill would be passed in the first session of the new Parliament, but has not received any response.

Mr Hill said the fate of the bill needed to be clarified when parliament resumed tomorrow.

HSUWA represents more than 15,000 people employed in WA hospitals and health services, including for example administrators, clerks, technicians, physiotherapists, pharmacists, medical imaging technologists, psychologists, social workers, medical scientists, occupational therapists, dieticians, maintenance officers, podiatrists, mental health workers, and speech pathologists. All play a vital role in our health system.

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