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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The cancellation of some elective surgical procedures at St John of God Midland Public Hospital further demonstrates the need for additional funding and resources in our public hospitals,” AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller said today.
“For years the AMA has warned that the public health system will not be able to deal with the increased demand for services and that our public hospitals needed future-proofing,” Dr Miller said.
“Our warnings went unheeded and now we have a situation where patient care is compromised. How can the Minister say there is no problem – were all the delayed operations unnecessary?
“It is all well and good for the Premier to unveil state-of-the-art facilities, but without the frontline staff or resources needed to deal with the demand for services, they are just empty buildings.
“St John of God Midland is a fantastic facility that benefits from the expertise of excellent administrative staff, but it is unacceptable that some patients have been put in a situation where important procedures have been deferred or cancelled.
“How has the projected demand for services been so grossly underestimated? Will the new Children’s Hospital face the same problems?
“We are aware that the Minister for Health and St John of God Midland are in discussions to solve this issue – we urge both parties to agree to additional funding so that patients can go back to receiving the healthcare they need,” Dr Miller said.