The media last week report that The Royal Hospital for Women had to raise half a million dollars itself to purchase a mammogram machine and was now unable to perform cesareans due to the inability of the Liberal government to end a crisis in paediatric cardiac services that has plagued the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network for months.
Would you believe the Royal Hospital for Women had to borrow a mammogram from Breast Screed NSW so that for only 3 days per week with long waiting lists could they check patients for early detection of breast cancer.
With the inability of the Sydney Childrens Hospital to perform paediatric cardiac services patients at Royal Hospital for Women are unable to have performed cesareans on women whose babies are identified as having cardiac issues. These pregnant women are now being treated in the Sydney Children’s Hospital instead of the Royal Hospital for Women.
Labor Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park said: “This is bizarre and shocking news. Breast screening and cesareans for women whose babies have health problems are the RWH’s core business.”
“How on earth did the Royal Hospital for Women end up having to raise half a million dollars on its own to buy a mammogram? Why were women left waiting to access vital breast cancer prevention services? Brad Hazzard has serious questions to answer here.”
Labor Member for Coogee Marjorie O'Neill said: "The neglect of the only dedicated hospital for women in NSW by Brad Hazzard and the Liberals is a disgrace. The Royal Hospital for Women shouldn't have to fundraise so it can save women from the scourge of breast cancer. This is an institution that should be properly supported by the Government."