Apparently a woman from Sydney was flown to Canberra yesterday to give birth because she needed a neonatal intensive care bed, and there were none in Sydney. Check out this ABC News story.
The official spokesperson comments are along the lines of “moving people around the system”. Seems a tad insensitive when you’re talking about the health of real people. Having a prem baby is stressful anyway, but being moved interstate to do it due to bed shortage would make it much worse. And I guess the family now has the problem that none of their relatives can visit unless they’re willing to do the three hour drive.
It also seems bizarre that Sydney’s health system is so underfunded for hospital beds that they have to resort to this. If Sydney are in this much trouble, how much worse is it for regional areas of NSW?