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Westcare loses health contract

The state's health department says it expects to save several million dollars as a result of a printing contract awarded to a Victorian business director by former Liberal leader John Hewson.

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Perth
The Government of WA should be ashamed of itself. People with Disabilities are already treated like second class citizens through poverty inducing subsidies. To then with obvious intent make them unemployed is just plain cruel and heartless. You would have thought all government departments would be falling all over themselves to be seen to be supporting people with disabilities and to be seen to be good corporate citizens. Not sure who stole the PR manual from government but could someone please put it back and get a few of them to have a quick read.

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How much money is really going to be saved if workers at Westcare lose their jobs? If that happens the workers will be joining the dole queue and there will be significant hardship for carers. Also, what a ridiculous idea to have forms for WA hospitals printed in Melbourne and trucked across the Nullabor - so very environmentally friendly! Very good for John Hewson (ex Liberal P.M.) though - he is reported as being a director of the company which has won the contract. This should be looked into by the appropriate watchdog as it sounds very suss. Smacks of nepotism and is it legal anyway? The Federal government is proactive in helping people with disabilities. About time the WA Health Department acted on its gabfests and politspeak and actually did something to help the people it professes to want to help. Time for Dr Peter Flett and the WA Health Department to show some compassion and make sure the Westcare workers keep their jobs. Many of these workers have given many years of loyal service. It makes me really angry to see vulnerable people being pushed around while people with power award themselves and their cronies high salaries while professing to help the down trodden. What hypocrites. Life is not just about saving money all the time but for those people who think it is, it's high time some of the bureaucrats at the Health Department lost their jobs and had their salaries cut in line with the way they want to treat everyone else. To their credit Kim Hames, Minister for Health in WA and Simon O'Brien, Minister for Disabilities have shown some concern. So I sincerely hope that all the people at Westcare keep their jobs and if they don't Peter Flett should be sacked.

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