Barnett Government inflicts pain on Freo patients

Barnett Government inflicts pain on Freo patients

The wellbeing of dozens of Fremantle pain management patients has been put in jeopardy, with the Barnett Government cutting back staffing levels as it moves the clinic to the new Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk said the Government was cutting resources from the clinic’s STEPS program, which would mean that up to half the current team would not be relocated to the new hospital.

“This is an award-winning program which has made a material difference to the lives of hundreds of people who suffer from chronic pain.

“Patients speak of this non-drug approach to chronic pain management being crucial in them being able to function, and they are incredulous that the program is being cut,” Ms McGurk said.

She said the fact that Notre Dame University in Fremantle was about to appoint a new Chair in Chronic Pain education showed just how out of touch the Barnett Government was with the needs of patients.

“The Barnett Government must reinstate the full staff component of STEPS at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

“It seems completely nonsensical that years of multi-disciplinary experience will be lost when half the team are not relocated to the new hospital.

“It’s obvious that the Barnett Government is using the commissioning of the new hospital to cut existing health programs to fund their hopeless budget management.

“It’s disingenuous, and it’s playing with people’s lives,” Ms McGurk said.

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