PMH now ‘sub-stan­dard’: La­bor

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By GIO­VANNI TORRE

THE State Gov­ern­ment has al­lowed Princess Mar­garet Hospi­tal (PMH) to de­te­ri­o­rate as the new chil­dren’s hospi­tal con­tin­ues to be de­layed, La­bor claims.

Op­po­si­tion Health spokesman Roger Cook said it ap­peared no plan had been put in place to keep PMH op­er­at­ing at its best dur­ing the un­ex­pected and pro­longed de­lay to the new hospi­tal. “We as­sume that for the last 12 months PMH has had a pe­riod of op­er­at­ing when they weren’t ex­pect­ing to be,” Mr Cook said.

“I have grave con­cerns that staff have been work­ing un­der sub-stan­dard con­di­tions be­cause they have not had the up­grades or main­te­nance pro­grammed in.”

Doc­u­ments re­leased in a budget es­ti­mates hear­ing re­vealed con­tracts to pre­pare the hospi­tal for clin­i­cal level hy­giene would run for 26 weeks af­ter the prac­ti­cal com­ple­tion date.

Mr Cook said there was “no way” the new hospi­tal would be ready by the end of 2016.

Health Min­is­ter John Day said the new chil­dren’s hospi­tal “re­mains firmly on track for open­ing in late 2016”.

“Perth Chil­dren's Hospi­tal is among the largest in­fra­struc­ture projects un­der­taken in this State and it will be one of the most ad­vanced ded­i­cated pae­di­atric hos­pi­tals in the world,” Mr Day said.

“Com­mis­sion­ing a specialist pae­di­atric fa­cil­ity is an ex­tremely com­plex task and en­sur­ing the well-be­ing of all our pa­tients, fam­i­lies, car­ers and staff re­mains our top pri­or­ity.”

Mr Cook said the clo­sure of the in­fants ward, and a num­ber of pro­grams, at PMH, was “dis­turb­ing”.

“The in­fants ward 8A; the anorexia specialist pro­gram, the play co­or­di­na­tors who were em­ployed at the hospi­tal - have gone.”

How­ever, Mr Day said the clo­sure of PMH’s 8A in­fants’ ward last De­cem­ber was “not a mistake”.

“There is now a com­bined com­plex in­fants and med­i­cal ward at PMH lo­cated on Ward 9A, which pro­vides specialist nurs­ing care,” he said.

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