25/07/2008 - 11:51

WA Libs to boost flying doctor funding

25/07/2008 - 11:51

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Opposition leader Troy Buswell said a Liberal state government would provide additional funding to the Royal Flying Doctor Service under a five year, $68 million country health plan.

Opposition leader Troy Buswell said a Liberal state government would provide additional funding to the Royal Flying Doctor Service under a five year, $68 million country health plan.

Mr Buswell said the funding would provide the RFDS with three aircrafts and associated crews including pilots, doctors and nurses, to cater for emergencies day and night.

"The RFDS is an essential component of the country health infrastructure and the Liberal Party will move quickly to ensure they receive the funding they need to carry on this vital service," Mr Buswell said.

"The Liberals understand that the additional funds requested by the RFDS are necessary to prevent the country health system from falling into ruin and to protect the safety of country patients.

Mr Buswell said in spite of several state and Commonwealth reports over the past three years pointing to serious under-funding for patient transport, the Carpenter government had only increased funding allocation by $2 million in the 2008-09 budget.

He said that amount would need to be shared between the RFDS and the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme.

"In contrast, the Liberals recently committed $30 million over four years to revitalise the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme, providing country people with adequate compensation for the high costs of travel and accommodation as well as relaxing the eligibility criteria," he said.

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