Geoff Gallop

Geoff Gallop

Former Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; Water Resources; Federal Affairs

Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Attorney General; Minister for Health; Electoral Affairs

    Delivering a healthy WA - $3million to help keep doctors flying

    18/01/2005 11:30 AM

    The State Government has committed an extra $3million to help the Royal Flying Doctor Service meet increasing demand and rising fuel costs.

    Premier Geoff Gallop said the State’s strong balance sheet meant the Government could make the financial allocation to keep the RFDS flying high.

    “The Royal Flying Doctor Service has been providing an invaluable, 24-hour emergency service to communities in regional and remote Western Australia for more than 75 years,” Dr Gallop said.

    “The RFDS brings peace of mind to the many people who live in some of the State’s most remote locations and the Government is proud to support this service to ensure it continues into the future.”

    The funding will help the RFDS pay for engine overhauls and general maintenance on the organisation’s 11 aircraft, as well as assisting with rising fuel costs as demand for the organisation’s services grows.

    The RFDS transported about 100 patients a week across the State in 2004 - up five per cent on the previous year.

    Health Minister Jim McGinty said the demand for the flying doctor services would continue to grow in the coming years.

    Mr McGinty said the increase in demand on the RFDS could in part be attributed to the strong growth in the mining and tourism industries, particularly in the north of the State.

    “The RFDS is an integral part of the health system in WA providing emergency transfers to hospitals, visiting clinics and 24-hour medical consultations by telephone and radio,” he said.

    The RFDS has five strategically located bases at Derby, Jandakot, Kalgoorlie, Meekatharra and Port Hedland.

    The Premier said the Government was able to provide the extra funding to the RFDS after delivering balanced Budgets four years in a row.

    “Labor’s good management means we can grow the future in health, unlike the Liberals who put health care on the sick list,” he said.

    Premier’s office: 9222 9475
    Health Minister’s office: 9220 5000