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Question Without Notice No. 1233 asked in the Legislative Council on 27 November 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

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

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KALGOORLIE HEALTH CAMPUS — MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING MACHINE

1233. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

(1) In relation to an undated letter, reference 59-075947/CI, addressed to Senator Peter Georgiou and signed by the Premier of Western Australia, can the minister confirm that the WA Country Health Service has prepared a business case for the MRI for the Kalgoorlie Health Campus?

(2) Will the minister table that business case?

(3) Is the Premier's statement that the business case will be submitted for the 2019–20 budget equivalent to a commitment that the MRI will be included in that budget?

(4) Noting the Premier's statement that the installation and commissioning of the MRI could be achieved within 30 months of the budget decision, why should the people of the goldfields be required to wait for a further two and a half years, when six months would be more than adequate for all the necessary capital works and installation?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Yes.

(2) The business case will be considered as part of the 2019–20 budget process as an election commitment, and therefore will not be tabled at this point in time.

(3) No commitment can be made at this time, pending consideration as part of the 2019–20 budget process.

(4) Extensive infrastructure planning, a tender process, contractor appointment, and construction, including internal realignment and relocation of existing facilities and services, in addition to the procurement of the MRI equipment, is associated with the establishment of MRI services. Advice on time frames has also previously been provided in response to question without notice 832, parts (4) and (5), and question without notice 929, part (1).