The Opposition claims the Mid West has been hit the hardest by the Labor Government’s failure to deliver healthcare projects, with 22 stalled ventures out of a promised scheme from this region. Six refurbishments at Geraldton Health Campus were a hot topic for shadow regional health minister Martin Aldridge, who said the projects sit alongside 16 more projects in the Mid West which were nothing more than a pipedream. Mr Aldridge drew on the State Government’s promise in 2019 to perform a priority maintenance blitz across regional hospitals with $37 million in funding to help upgrade the hospitals, health clinics, aged care sites and staff accommodation. He counted $2.39m of projects which never materialised for the Mid West. Some of the projects which were forced to take a back seat included a $120,000 morgue replacement building for Northampton Health Service. Upgrades to the electricity in the community health building at the Geraldton hospital have received $14,648 of the allocated $200,000. WA Country Health Service responded to the claims, pointing out the blitz had been announced before the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused delays to projects across all industries. Mr Aldridge said the Cook Government had performed budget cuts “by stealth” in failing to deliver the program. A WACHS spokesperson said “market conditions have changed rapidly since that time, including a significant rise in the cost of labour and materials associated with each project”. Mr Aldridge’s qualms come a month after the auditor-general’s transparency report revealed Geraldton Health Campus’ $122m refurbishment was revealed to be the most delayed project for the State Government, pushed back a total of 58 months. That upgrade is not included in Mr Aldridge’s report of undelivered projects. WACHS confirmed because of the market conditions, some funding was diverted to cover the cost of critical capital works including upgrades to regional emergency departments, and the Newman Health Campus redevelopment. Analysis performed by the Opposition claims there were 209 regional health projects promised, but 97 were never delivered through the $37m program. “It’s important to note that the priority hospital maintenance blitz is not the only way in which we are able to maintain our hospitals and health services,” the WACHS spokesperson said. The WACHS spokesperson added $170m of building maintenance had been conducted at their sites since 2019. Statewide, the $14.62m which Mr Aldridge said had not been delivered is 8.58 per cent of the $170m WACHS says it has spent since 2019. Mr Aldridge said there was no justification for the shortcomings given projects like Metronet had received multi-billion-dollar increases and the State had a forecast $6 billion budget for the 2023-24 financial year.