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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 590 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 August 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

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

      590. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:
Subsequent to question without notice 476 on the subject of a magnetic resonance imaging machine for Kalgoorlie Health Campus —
      (1) Has a study been conducted by the Department of Health into an MRI for Kalgoorlie regional hospital; and, if so, will the minister table the study?
      (2) Is the minister aware of an estimates of cost for purchase, installation and maintenance of an MRI machine at the Kalgoorlie–Boulder hospital; and, if so, will the minister provide the estimates?
      (3) In light of reported concerns about the possible impact of vibrations from blasting at the Super Pit, will the minister confirm that MRI machines installed in the vicinity of major roads are able to survive vibrations caused by heavy trucks?
(4) Will the minister predict an installation date?
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
      (1)–(2) The WA Country Health Service has commissioned and is currently finalising the feasibility study that scopes out the MRI service in more detail, and therefore it is not yet available to be tabled in Parliament. A first draft of the feasibility study has been received by WACHS, but requires further refinement before it is complete. The feasibility study will then inform the business case requirements for funding.
      (3) WACHS has recently undertaken vibration monitoring at the Kalgoorlie Health Campus site. The results of that monitoring will assist to inform the best method of construction for the housing of the MRI.
      (4) Procurement, installation and commissioning of the MRI could be achieved within 30 months of a budget decision.