‘Dismal’ situation worsens as long-time residents demand the promised upgrades to Tom Price Hospital

Published on Tuesday, 16 April 2024 at 6:04:13 PM

Vaughan Jackson, a 61-year-old resident who’s lived in Tom Price for over three decades, expressed his frustration at having to fly to Port Hedland or Perth to receive adequate medical care from facilities that should be readily available in the town he calls home, Tom Price.

“I’ve been here for 31 years and have been flown out by flying doctors six times for various health reasons, and some of them were just simple.

“It seems to me the politicians promise anything to get into power, but we just don’t see the results. This town has been isolated so many times… it’s dismal. The town’s needed a proper hospital for years, but all they’ve done is downsize the one that’s here,” said Mr Jackson.

This renewed call to action comes after another week of silence from the Minister for Health Amber-Jade Sanderson, who has yet to comment on where the promised $12.8 million is for much-needed upgrades to the Tom Price Hospital.

The Tom Price community remains committed to demanding what is owed to the hard-working and frustrated residents. The time to deliver a new hospital was three years ago when funding was promised - a new hospital cannot wait any longer.


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