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Parents let down by Hames

As reported in the Sunday Times, Health Minister Kim Hames has reneged on his promise to provide the parents of cancer patients with their own respite room at the new children’s hospital. Last August, The Sunday Times revealed the respite room – a feature of Princess Margaret Hospital – was not in the new hospital’s […]

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Fiona Stanley Hospital alert for more flooding after water pipe drama

As reported in the Sunday Times, Health Minister Kim Hames says he can’t rule out Fiona Stanley Hospital going into partial shutdown again due to flooding. The just-opened $2 billion hospital was thrown into chaos for the second time in less than three months when one of the 42 water pipe joiners in its hot […]

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Bed closures at FSH emergency department

Today Roger addressed the media outside Fiona Stanley Hospital as the government announced bed closures at the Emergency Department and no hot water or heating over the coming weekend. These problems were entirely avoidable. They were a repeat of the same problems that occurred in April. Another example of the Government’s failure to properly oversee the […]

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Waiting time for elective surgery soars

A recent article in The West Australian revealed that the average waiting time for public patients needing elective surgery in WA soared more than 20 per cent in the 12 months to March this year. The WA Health Department’s March quarter performance report, which was released yesterday amid criticism of its delay, also shows the number of […]

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Labor’s vision for NDIS rolled out in Kwinana

As reported on ABC Online, from 1 July, around 2,700 people living south of Perth will have access to individualised support with the launch of an additional National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trial site. It is fantastic to see Labor’s vision for the NDIS is being rolled out in Kwinana.

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Pressure on emergency departments continues

A report in the West Australian again revealed how ambulance ramping continues to rise in Perth, with rates last month more than a third higher than at the same time last year. Latest figures show almost 6000 hours of ramping so far this year — up 30 per cent on last year — with 1186 […]

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New measure to address ambulance ramping lacks foresight

As reported recently, Minister Kim Hames spoke out about ambulance ramping, ordering hospitals to take responsibility for patients waiting for admission. He said the city’s three tertiary hospitals – Fiona Stanley Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital – would be responsible for the care of patients 30 minute after they arrived at […]

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Serco ordered to pay $1 million in penalties over FSH failure

As reported recently, Serco has been forced to pay about $1 million in penalties for failing to achieve key performance targets at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH). The penalties (abatements) were outlined during a budget estimates hearing in Parliament. The contractor provides non-medical services at FSH and has been the subject of severe criticism for its […]

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Public surgery queues still growing

As reported recently, the number of people queued for publicly funded elective surgery in Western Australia has soared to more than 18,000, fuelled by a downturn in operations in April. Latest Health Department figures show 18,303 would-be patients were on the waiting list at the end of April – the most in comparable data going […]

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Quadriplegic tragedy exposes the government’s appalling priorities

The tragic case of burns victim, Greg Evans, has exposed the appalling priorities of the Barnett Government. A resident of the Quadriplegic Centre of WA, Mr Evans received horrific burns to 7% of his body while being bathed due to faulty equipment. As he is a quadriplegic, he was unaware of the damage being done by […]

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