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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The Australian Medical Association (WA) today welcomed the news that the long awaited opening of the new Perth Children’s Hospital will finally take place in May 2018.
“After a seemingly endless list of problems, ranging from lead in the water to incorrectly installed fire doors, to air quality issues and asbestos, we are relieved to hear that the PCH Saga is almost over,” AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said.
“Despite the litany of issues that have plagued the opening of this hospital, West Australians should be both proud and excited for the delivery of a world class health facility.
“Make no mistake that the PCH will be the most modern children’s hospital in Australia, and one of the best in the world.
“There is no-one currently working at Princess Margaret Hospital who does not have a smile on their face today after hearing the news,” he said.
However, Dr Khorshid added that while he welcomes the announcement, there remains some trepidation over the opening date.
“PCH must not be opened later than June, as moving greater numbers of sick children during the winter flu season is too risky, so hitting the planned date is imperative,” he said.