A Warnbro father of two says the State Government is failing families after the local health centre cancelled free immunisations.
Mark Cozens said yesterday his newborn son Will was booked for an eight-week immunisation plan at Port Kennedy Child Health Centre but his wife Claire was told they should go to a GP or a clinic in Kwinana.
He said the centre cancelled Will's six-week check-up and delayed or cancelled scheduled home visits. Mr Cozens said the GP would cost $70 and going to Kwinana would be difficult for families using public transport.
"I don't understand why you would take that service away," he said.
"We all have to wonder what's the Government for, what's important and what as a community we think the Government should be doing.
" I think immunisation is important."
Mr Cozens said Warnbro had lots of young families and a free, local immunisation service was vital.
The Opposition said the closure was evidence the Barnett Government's public sector cuts affected frontline services and it should get its priorities right.
A spokeswoman for Health Minister Kim Hames said the clinic's immunisation service was for six months and had nothing to do with budget cuts but was to catch-up with a peak in demand."It was always intended to be short term," she said.
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