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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 929 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 October 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 10 October 2018


929. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to question without notice 832 on the subject of a magnetic resonance imaging machine for the Kalgoorlie Health Campus.

(1) Will the minister explain why up to 30 months will be required, after a budget decision, for the procurement, installation and commissioning of an MRI?

(2) Will the minister now confirm that from the date of placement of an order, a complete MRI machine, together with Faraday cage and water-cooling system, can be installed and commissioned within 16 weeks?

(3) Will the minister identify the section of the department that is responsible for preparing the business case for the MRI for the Kalgoorlie Health Campus, with or without identifying the individual or individuals involved?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I am advised of the following.

(1) Extensive infrastructure planning, a tender process, contractor appointment and construction, including internal re-alignment or relocation of existing facilities and services, in addition to the procurement of the equipment, is associated with the establishment of MRI services.

(2) Procurement, installation, testing and commissioning is unlikely to be achievable within a 16-week time frame due to the many variables associated with sourcing, through to commissioning, specialised medical equipment such as an MRI.

(3) It was the WA Country Health Service.