Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

BIG in­fra­struc­ture projects rarely run on time or on budget, and the public is pretty for­giv­ing of rea­son­able de­lays but the new chil­dren’s hospi­tal is a spe­cial case. We are told that it is on track for open­ing late 2016. This seems highly un­likely given re­cent de­vel­op­ments in re­gard to clean­ing con­tracts. The real worry is the way in which Princess Mar­garet Hospi­tal seems to have been treated like a “lame duck” fa­cil­ity while the new hospi­tal is un­der con­struc­tion. One of my chil­dren spent al­most one month in PMH late last year with a se­ri­ous ill­ness. The ded­i­ca­tion and the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the nurses, doc­tors and sur­geons at that hospi­tal are be­yond ques­tion. How­ever, they were work­ing with a short­age of staff and a short­age of re­sources. The clo­sure of the in­fants’ ward meant our baby shared a room with three older chil­dren. Other ba­bies re­moved from Ward 8A were pre­sum­ably sent off to var­i­ous places in the hospi­tal for care. The wards seemed crowded and the heroic staff over-worked. Given what oc­curred with Serco at the Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal, the public has just cause for hold­ing deep con­cerns about the sched­ule of the new chil­dren’s hospi­tal, and has a right to in­sist that Princess Mar­garet Hospi­tal re­ceives the fund­ing and re­sources it de­serves right up un­til the mo­ment it shuts its doors. Gio­vanni Torre, re­porter

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