REGIONAL MRI PATIENTS
328. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the parliamentary secretary
representing the Minister for Health:
I refer to the ban on travel within
the state and note that regional patients requiring MRI treatment will have to
seek an exemption to receive their treatment in Perth.
(1) Does the
government consider that the expediting of an MRI machine in Kalgoorlie is necessary
in the circumstances; and, if not, why not?
(2) Can the
minister guarantee that regional patients will be safe when receiving medical
services in Perth hospitals?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question. I note that this question was submitted and the
draft answer prepared on Wednesday, 1 April, so the answer was accurate at that
(1) No. At this
time, WA Country Health Service intends to continue with procurement and tender
activities required to progress the purchase and installation of an MRI machine
and the associated construction works in Kalgoorlie.
(2) The WA
Department of Health is confident that the right people, protocols and
processes are in place to deliver safe and
high-quality health services to all patients across the state during the