Bentley Maternity Services
Through local action we have managed to secure the continuation of maternity services at Bentley for the second time in six years.
In 2010 we ran a local campaign to save the maternity unit when a decision by the former Labor Government to close it down was due to come into effect. We attracted a lot of support for this campaign and the Health Minister Kim Hames responded by guaranteeing the future of maternity services until Fiona Stanley Hospital opened.
Late last year a report was released recommending that the maternity unit should now be closed and when it looked likely this advice would be accepted by the Government we contacted the Minister once again.
Working with stakeholders such as the Bentley Community Advisory Committee we were able to argue that Bentley met the threshold for a viable service with 1060 babies delivered in 2015 and also point out a range of other benefits to the local community of having a local service remain open.
I am pleased to say that on 6 March the Health Minister announced that the recommendation in the report would not be accepted and that the Bentley Health Service would continue to offer maternity services to the local community until at least mid-2018, subject to ongoing operational and cost efficiency reviews.
I will continue to support the operation of maternity services at Bentley Hospital as a vital health service to this community