November 24, 2017
State Government must guarantee patient safety at KEMH
The State Government must immediately reassure WA families that the State’s premier maternity hospital is safe.
Shadow Health Minister Bill Marmion said media reports today that patient safety at King Edward Memorial Hospital had been compromised would be causing alarm for thousands of families across the State.
“Where is the health minister?” Mr Marmion said.
“Thousands of pregnant women preparing to give birth in public hospitals across the State know that if they face complications in their pregnancy KEMH may well be where they are referred for treatment.
“These are very vulnerable women who have put their faith in our public health system to see them and their babies safely through their pregnancy.
“They want to hear from the State Government today that it has an immediate plan of action to ensure the safety of every mother and baby that is admitted to KEMH.”
Mr Marmion said any attempt by the McGowan Government to attribute blame for the current problems at KEMH onto the previous government would be an affront to West Australian families.
“This is the Government of the day, they are in charge and they need to fix things,” Mr Marmion said.
“If this State needs a new maternity hospital, which this report certainly seems to be suggesting, then the Government of the day must find a way.
“The health and welfare of women in children must take priority over spending designed purely to prop up support for Labor in marginal seats.
“If that means reconsidering asset sales and reprioritising spending, then so be it.”
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