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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The latest State Government announcement about changes to the governance of Fremantle Hospital is just another example of poor management of the public health sector, the AMA (WA) said today.
“It surprises me that the administration team at Fiona Stanley Hospital have been given another huge responsibility despite their track record at the State’s flagship hospital,” AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said.
“This is a classic case of policy on the run and without consideration of its likely impact. The financial bottom line seems to be the only consideration. How can the State Government justify removing services at Fremantle Hospital when Fiona Stanley Hospital is constantly at capacity?
“Make no mistake, ripping out much-needed services at Fremantle Hospital will further jeopardise patient care.
“Staff at Fiona Stanley Hospital are doing all they can to provide the best possible care to patients despite a lack of support from the State Government, and gross uncertainty over their jobs.
“Premier Colin Barnett said today that 200 jobs would be cut across WA Health and all these would be voluntary redundancies. He also attempted to assure West Australians that patient care would not be affected.
“We ask the Premier and the Health Minister: Where will these 200 jobs be cut?
“And as for patient care not being affected, we will hold the Premier to that.
“We are tired of the continued chaos, mismanagement and the complete lack of communication from the State Government. Doctors and the public of Western Australia deserve some clarity,” Dr Gannon said.