Parents let down by Hames

July 13th, 2015 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

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 blueprint.

An online petition created after The Sunday Times raised the issue attracted almost 50,000 signatures in just five days, pressuring Dr Hames to overturn his decision.

At the time, he said he’d asked the Department of Health to reallocate some of the available lounge areas to ensure that the families of oncology patients will have a dedicated area at PCH.

However, parents this week said the reality of Dr Hames’ promise was a letdown.

Children with cancer and their parents will still have to share a lounge with burns, plastics and orthopedics patients. The only change to the hospital’s plans is families of cancer ward patients will also have use of an “interview room” after hours and on weekends.

One parent said, “It’s not at all what he promised and worse than I expected.”

The Barnett Government has let the kids of WA down badly, building a new children’s hospital that will be too small with no room to grow.

Now they have compounded the problem by lying to parents about a dedicated family room in the kids cancer ward.

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