WA Liberals promise big health boost

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Western Australia's Liberals have detailed a $240 million health plan with a promise to ensure "every bed in every ward, in every hospital is open", if they win the March state election.

Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup said the health service was broken with ambulance gridlock at record levels for five consecutive months.

"Besides making sure every bed in hospitals is open, our policy also includes key initiatives which will take the pressure off emergency departments by delivering important health services at home," Mr Kirkup said on Tuesday.

The plan includes a comprehensive audit of WA's public hospital bed needs within 100 days of the election.

A Liberal government would also invest $40 million immediately to reduce the elective surgery waitlist by about 6500 cases, invest $40 million to boost palliative care services, $30 million to boost Health In The Home services and $40 million to boost community health services.

"These initiatives are integral to the Liberals' plan for a safer Western Australia," Mr Kirkup said.

"We will keep West Australians safe from COVID-19 and safe in their home and community."

WA voters go to the polls on March 13.