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Aiswarya’s Death at Perth Children’s Hospital: a protest May 25, 2021

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The lawn next to Perth Children’s Hospital was inundated with nearly 1000 nurses and doctors on Tuesday afternoon calling for change, after a young girl’s death highlighted problems staff said they had raised for years

The rally was a boiling point for tensions between the government, hospital administration, staff and the unions that have been building since Aishwarya Aswath died waiting nearly two hours for medical attention at the hospital.

 

On Tuesday, angry staff from hospitals across the state booed and blew deafening horn blasts as Health Minister Roger Cook repeated previously announced promises to boost staffing, and add 500 beds, over the next four years.

But there were wild cheers when he said he would proceed with requests from the Australian Nursing Federation’s 10-point plan and put an extra 16 nurses in the children’s hospital emergency department, including boosting triage with a separate resuscitation team.

 He also announced an additional 20 beds at Perth Children’s Hospital, which include 10 inpatient beds and 10 beds in the high dependency unit.

One nurse yelled back: “Where are you going to get the staff?”

Others pointed to understaffing at other Perth hospitals including Royal Perth and Fiona Stanley and asked officials,“Please don’t throw us under the bus”.

One said simply, “We care about Aishwarya.”

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