Janine Freeman MLALabor Member for Mirrabooka

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Petition calls for a doctor in Balga

Tuesday 31 Jul 2012

Member for Nollamara Janine Freeman is collecting signatures for a petition calling on the Federal Government to assist with re-establishing a doctor in Balga after the local surgery shut this year.

Ms Freeman said Balga residents are waiting up to a month to see a doctor after the Princess Road Medical Practice closed in April.

"Currently there is no permanent local doctor to service the health needs of the Balga community," Ms Freeman said.

"Many Balga residents have to wait up to a month to see a doctor which places their health and wellbeing at risk.

"There are also a large number of elderly people who live in Balga and they cannot travel long distances to see a doctor and it is too expensive to use taxis.

"One elderly resident, who is partially blind, told me he used to walk to the Princess Road Medical Practice and now he has to catch the bus to Mirrabooka which is a struggle for him."

Ms Freeman said the petition, which contains over four hundred signatures, will be handed to the Federal Senate this week.

"The petition requests that the Senate investigate the medical needs of the residents of Balga and ensure they offer any assistance possible," she said.

"This assistance may include the allocation of a District of Workplace Shortage status for the area so that a doctor can be employed.  

"It is a basic necessity that people should be able to access health services.

"As a government we need to deliver a medical service back to the Balga community.

"The residents of Balga deserve this service."