Clos­ing ward ‘bad choice’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE union that rep­re­sents en­rolled nurses, United Voice, lashed the State Gov­ern­ment for its han­dling of the new Perth Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal af­ter it be­came clear last week there would be fur­ther de­lays.

United Voice sec­re­tary Carolyn Smith said the Gov­ern­ment had not been able to de­liver a hospi­tal project “that hasn’t been plagued with is­sues from the begin­ning”.

“Their prob­lem is they try to do things on the cheap and in the quick­est time­frame pos­si­ble in an at­tempt to get some good press,” Ms Smith said. “Un­for­tu­nately for them, it doesn’t work like that.

“The re­sult is the com­mu­nity is left dis­ad­van­taged with un­sat­is­fac­tory hospi­tal care for chil­dren.

“To close the in­fants ward at PMH about 12 months be­fore the an­tic­i­pated open­ing date (of the new hospi­tal) is a naive de­ci­sion on the Gov­ern­ment’s be­half. Par­ents and kids rely on the ser­vices from this ward.”

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