The Abbott Government has landed one of its biggest blows to much anticipated the people of Western Sydney since it took power, stripping Mt Druitt Hospital of its MRI machine.
“We fought long and hard to secure the six million dollars for MRI facilities at Mt Druitt Hospital,” said Chifley MP Ed Husic today.
‘‘To learn that service is being axed by Treasurer Joe Hockey just months after being fully funded by the Labor Government is insulting to people of Sydney’s West who will now have to travel greater distances again for diagnosis.
“More than four thousand locals signed a petition that I took to Canberra on their behalf to secure an MRI service at Mt Druitt Hospital.
“With one callous stroke of the Treasurer’s pen, it has been taken away,” he said.
The $6 million dollar betrayal is among $500 million dollars worth of cuts to Health and Research today by the Abbott Government.
Another $110 million worth of cuts have been ordered for services promised by the previous Labor Government at Westmead Hospital.
“This Government has no shame,” said Mr Husic.
“It has absolutely no regard for the health and wellbeing of people living in Western Sydney.
“I promise I will not let up in the fight to have the MRI services restored,” he concluded.