Questions asked by: The West Australian
Subject: cuts to mental health services
“I refer to media reports initiated by Roger Cook MLA and Alison Xamon MLC that the Department of Health is contemplating cuts of up to 13 per cent in mental health services in the southern suburbs.
"All Area Health Services (inclusive of South Metropolitan Health Service and specifically Fremantle Hospital), including mental health services, have been asked to make the necessary changes to meet their 2009-10 budgets without compromising patient care.
"Staff have been asked to identify inefficiencies, duplication and priorities in areas where potential savings could be made.
“Cuts to front line mental health services in WA are not acceptable to the State Government and will not be approved.
"There has been no directive to cut staff by 13 per cent by myself as Minister or the Director General of Health, Dr Peter Flett."
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