Labor talks health in Wanneroo

Opposition Health spokesman Roger Cook (left) will be at a Health Forum at the Wanneroo Recreation Centre on Wednesday, November 9.

WA Labor candidate for Wanneroo Sabine Winton and Opposition Health spokesman Roger Cook will be hosting a Health Forum at the Wanneroo Recreation Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 9 to discuss the party’s health policies and allow for an open public forum regarding health issues in Wanneroo.

North Coast ward councillor Sabine Winton said WA Labor had announced the health policies it would take to the March 2017 election demonstrating how a McGowan Labor Government would endeavour to put patients first.

She said a McGowan Labor Government would introduce the following as part of its Putting Patients First initiative:

  • Urgent care clinics based at our hospitals and in the community to take pressure off hospital emergency departments and ensure non-priority patients don’t have to sit in emergency departments for hours awaiting treatment. These will be under the care of GPs and nurses suited to their conditions and patients will be bulk billed through Medicare.
  • A patient feedback mechanism that will allow people to comment and offer feedback through their smartphones or PCs on service received at our public hospitals. Providing patients with an online feedback tool will allow help drive the future of health care in WA and build a deeper understanding about patients’ needs and opinions.
  •  Medihotels developed next to major hospitals that will free up high care hospital beds and allow patients who have been discharged from hospital, but aren’t ready to be at home, to recuperate in a non-hospital environment, accompanied by family. Medical staff such as nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists will be on-hand to deliver ongoing clinical care.

Cr Winton said many people had told her about their frustration, disappointment and disillusionment with the delivery of health care in WA.

“Indeed, I can recall many stories about people who have been waiting months, even years, for essential pain relieving surgery,’’ she said.

“WA Labor’s Putting Patients First initiative will benefit Wanneroo residents by reducing wait times for surgery, relieve pressure on emergency departments and modernise health care by responding to patient feedback, both positive and negative.”