Several families and Dr Michael Rice – a former state president of the Australian Medical Association have written to the Premier Steven Marshall and Health Minister Stephen Wade calling for an urgent increase in specialist nurses at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital with concerns that stretched resources are putting young cancer patients at risk.
Dr Rice said that the speciality ward currently holds nine beds and that currently seventeen were required for young patients undergoing treatment for blood disorders or cancer, this means that the overflow will go on to the general ward where they are cared for by general nurses. Dr Rice feels that the current situation creates safety and quality issues that were not the fault of the nursing staff.
The Women’s and Children’s Health Network, which represents the hospital, said that whilst there has been a recent increase in demand, all patients were treated by nurses with specialist knowledge. Read more….