Federal Opposition Invests in Bentley Hospital Upgrade

Bentley Health Service will be getting boost with new funding to improve and upgrade its services.

Federal Labor will invest $10.9 million to renovate the hospital to better care provided to local community in Perth’s south.

The investment will provide upgrades to maternity services, major improvements to mental health services, upgraded facilities for rehabilitation patients, improved patient and visitor access and better facilities for doctors, nurses and hospital staff.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten made the announcement on Thursday, while recognising WA’s need for a fair share of the GST.

He said WA deserved its fair share of funding for Medicare and hospitals instead of the Federal Government’s $77 million of cuts from WA’s public hospitals.

“A fair share for Western Australia is a fair share for Western Australia’s health,” Mr Shorten said.

“That is why we have found the money to reverse the cuts to Western Australia’s hospitals.”

He said it would make sure Bentley Health Service was improved.

“We want to make sure that this precious community resource, this community health service, this hospital gets upgraded.”

“The hospital is showing a little bit of age and we want to make sure the people in this community that pay their taxes to Canberra get their fair share of taxes reinvested in health care.”

WA Premier Mark McGowan said the opposition “understands that Western Australia needs a better deal, not just on GST but also on funding for hospitals.”

He said while he hoped that the GST issue would be resolved, hospitals needed help as well.

“Whilst we hope that the GST issue is resolved in the federal parliament next week, we expect that will occur, what we also want to see, are seeing from federal Labor is commitments to schools, hospitals and Tafes across Western Australia,” Mr McGowan said.

He said the Bentley Hospital would benefit.

This hospital was built in the 1960s, it needs some significant work done,” Mr McGowan said.

“This will mean that maternity services, mental health services, aged care services here at the hospital, will have a significant improvement and as you can see, while the hospital is much loved, it does need some significant work.”

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