Sumary of Nurses’ urgent plea after 7yo girl’s death:
- Following the death of a young girl, a union is demanding changes to one state health system to overcome the ‘difficulties experienced by staff’..
- Concerned nurses have written an urgent letter to the West Australian Health Minister with a 10-point action plan following the tragic death of a seven-year-old girl..
- In a letter on Thursday, Australian Nursing Federation secretary Mark Olson said representatives of nursing staff in the emergency department at the hospital had been consulted for the action plan..
- The ANF wants one nurse for every three patients, fast-tracked recruitment, more specifically trained paediatric security staff, and full opening of the paediatric critical care unit..
- “We take very seriously any concerns that staff have and act on the basis of that, so we have been working on that – recruitment is ongoing, new commissioning of new beds, increasing ED sizes.”.
- According to the Health Department, a SAC 1 is a clinical incident that has or could have caused serious harm or death, and which is attributed to health care provision rather than the patient condition..
- Mr Olson said he had previously warned Mr Cook that patient safety was being compromised due to staffing levels..
- The health minister confirmed they had spoken about it but said it was decided that the federation would investigate further and come back to him…