Western Australian Senator Peter Georgiou has welcomed more than six million dollars in state government funding for the long awaited Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine for Kalgoorlie Health Campus but has criticised WA Labor for failing to fast track the installation process.
Senator Georgiou secured the Medicare license for the MRI machine in June last year after leading a strong advocacy campaign alongside WA One Nation MP Robin Scott.
The Senator said today’s funding announcement was a step in the right direction but he slammed the state government for its lack of urgency to install the life-saving machine.
“My concerns are the waiting time. We’re still two years from this machine being up and running. That’s at least two more years where people will be out of pocket to travel to Perth to get these scans”.
“I have had advice from practitioners in the private sector who tell me an MRI could be installed and operating within four months. Yet we’re still 24 to 30 months away from the machine being turned on, that is ridiculous” the Senator said.
“One Nation did a massive favour for the state government by speeding up the machine’s Medicare license approval yet Minister Roger Cook and the Health Department are moving at a snail’s pace”.
“It’s disappointing there is no sense of urgency for the people of the Goldfields. They are still being treated like second class citizens and I encourage them to lobby the Minister and force him to install the MRI sooner than later”.