Minister criticises Perth hospital for moving patient into gym room

Posted November 30, 2015 15:22:14

A choice to location an elderly patient in a gym space at Fiona Stanley Hospital has been described as “unacceptable” by Western Australia’s Wellness Minister Kim Hames.

The elderly patient was moved into a make-shift location in a physiotherapy health club final Monday.

A report published by News Corporation on Sunday mentioned the man, aged in his 70s and suffering acute renal failure, was kept in the fitness center for eight hours and given a handbell to ring if he required assist.

Dr Hames stated any individuals at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) who were without a area must be transferred to Fremantle Hospital.

Even so he said it was a structural dilemma to do with the reconfiguring of hospital solutions, rather than a systemic a single.

“It is got to do nonetheless with the reconfiguration we’re doing. How we move issues, what we do at Royal Perth, what we do at Fremantle, what we do at Fiona Stanley,” he said.

“We’ve got to get the clinicians working with each other with the administrators in the hospital to be much more active in moving patients across.

“That’s what they have to do for the 4-hour rule [to treat sufferers] anyway. And mostly they do.”

If a minister stepped down from being minister for overall health each and every time anything went wrong with a patient, we wouldn’t have any ministers left.

Kim Hames

Dr Hames mentioned even when beds have been unavailable at Fiona Stanley, medical doctors appeared reluctant to move patients to the below-utilised Fremantle Hospital.

He mentioned that had to modify.

“The physicians really like Fiona Stanley. That’s why they want to say there, they want to be doing every thing there. And to move patients and still have to care for sufferers at an older hospital that isn’t so nicely set out, I believe there’s a bit of reluctance,” he stated.

He acknowledged the issues of managing a higher workload could be to blame for the reluctance to move sufferers.

“It really is added time that they’ve got to put into an currently busy day, but that is what we have to do if we are going to balance across our system,” Dr Hames said.

“It is no very good obtaining more than-utilised beds in one particular region and below-utilised in yet another.”

Hames rejects resignation calls

Dr Hames flatly rejected Opposition claims that the incident was the most current in a string of failures in managing the transition of solutions to FSH, and also dismissed calls for him to resign.

A parliamentary committee report final week levelled severe criticism at the State Government over how services have been managed for the duration of the commissioning of FSH.

The report was particularly vital of the choice to award a $ 4.three billion contract for the delivery of non-clinical services to private contractor Serco.

The Opposition has labelled Dr Hames a element-time minister simply because of his dual portfolios of overall health and tourism.

Nevertheless Dr Hames said while he accepted the performance of hospitals was eventually his duty, he would not be resigning.

“If a minister stepped down from becoming minister for well being every single time some thing went incorrect with a patient, we wouldn’t have any ministers left,” he stated.

“I haven’t heard any person putting up their hand and saying I’d really like to take overall health, simply because everyone knows that its a genuinely hard portfolio.”

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