Canberra Hospital taking charity bar fridges?

johnboy 5 August 2010 29

Katy Gallagher is thanking the very generous Samuels family who have donated five bar fridges to the oncology ward in memory of their mother.

“This is a very kind gift from a family who has recently lost their mother,” Ms Gallagher said.

“This donation means that each patient and their family will have access to their own fridge during their stay in the ward,” she said.

“During this time when the family visited their mother, they took food and drinks with them, which made it easier for them and allowed the family more time to spend with their mother,” Ms Gallagher said.

“The family members noticed that as Hazel moved to different rooms, that some had fridges, whilst other rooms didn’t and they decided that they would donate some fridges as a ‘thank you’ gift, to be put into the rooms that did not have a fridge,” the Minister said.

Without in any way wishing to denigrate the generosity of the Samuels family Ms Gallagher:

YOU’RE RUNNING A BILLION DOLLAR HEALTH SYSTEM AND YOU CAN’T SPRING FOR FIVE BAR FRIDGES???

ffs


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Feathergirl Feathergirl 10:36 am 09 Aug 10

What a generous act from the Samuels family. I think it’s brilliant! I have a suggestion for people wanting to know what else the (Canberra) hospital needs – comfy visitors chairs for the maternity hospital rooms would be nice. For the dads, nans and pops who sit for hours with new bubs while mums sleep. Not a necessity, but would be lovely.

housebound housebound 5:43 am 06 Aug 10

Reminds me not to swim in LBG again.

JC JC 4:55 am 06 Aug 10

Thumper said :

Yeah but if everyone in Canberra pissed in Lake Burley Griffin it would make a difference, and that’s the issue. A little bit here, a little bit there, it all adds up, so there goes the billion dollar budget.

I don’t think they need a 100 million fridges.

No but there are probably 100 million other things they may well NEED rather than nice to haves such as patient fridges.

Thumper Thumper 10:04 pm 05 Aug 10

Yeah but if everyone in Canberra pissed in Lake Burley Griffin it would make a difference, and that’s the issue. A little bit here, a little bit there, it all adds up, so there goes the billion dollar budget.

I don’t think they need a 100 million fridges.

JC JC 9:14 pm 05 Aug 10

Thumper said :

Yes, the bar fridge may be a luxury item, but a few thousand dollars in a billion dollar budget is like me having a piss in lake Burley Griffin and thinking it will make a difference to the water quality.

Yeah but if everyone in Canberra pissed in Lake Burley Griffin it would make a difference, and that’s the issue. A little bit here, a little bit there, it all adds up, so there goes the billion dollar budget.

JC JC 9:12 pm 05 Aug 10

Mothy, gold star for your effort. 100% spot on.

dvaey dvaey 8:54 pm 05 Aug 10

Mathman said :

My point is, people in the city expect community facilities to be supplied to a high standard solely by the government

I think the issue isnt that the hospital is low on money, its that they keep spending their money on unimportant jobs, like rebuilding multi-storey carparks and other areas that dont need rebuilding.

If the hospital was on a shoe-string budget, a donation like this would be more common, but most ACT residents know that the whole health system spends money where its not needed, and doesnt spend it where it IS, so why give a donation to a hospital who are fundraising for pediatrics because they just spent the humidicrib budget on a few new covered carparks for doctors, or replaced 100 signs that didnt need to be replaced.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 8:54 pm 05 Aug 10

Thumper said :

Not to mention the alleged bullying accusations and disfunctional management within ACT health that allegedly have been covered up by Ms Gallagher.

Does anyone remember the days when Ms Gallagher was just moved from ministry to ministry, leaving a trail of disaster behind her with everything she touched?

Yeah, but she’s having a good go at everything, isn’t she? After all, she’s a busy Mum, and she can’t be expected get it right everytime. You have to break a few eggs to make a cake, Comrade!

Anyway, bar fridges in hospital aren’t really a neccessity, are they? There are much more serious and important things for the Govt to worry about; like making sure there are rusty bits of steel pretending to be wild grass next to a road, and more trees for bogans to steal at the Jon Stanhope Arboretum.

gun street girl gun street girl 8:13 pm 05 Aug 10

Thumper said :

Not to mention the alleged bullying accusations and disfunctional management within ACT health that allegedly have been covered up by Ms Gallagher.

Indeed. I’m loathe to side with the Libs on much at all, but would fully support (and strongly encourage) extending the external review to the whole hospital. Anyone who thinks it’s a problem isolated to the O&G department is fooling themselves. Heads really should be rolling over this.

http://www.canberraliberals.org.au/html/s02_article/article_view.asp?art_id=1388&nav_cat_id=186&nav_top_id=55

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 7:15 pm 05 Aug 10

The tender process is one of the reasons government doesn’t get good prices for things.

Thumper Thumper 7:03 pm 05 Aug 10

Not to mention the alleged bullying accusations and disfunctional management within ACT health that allegedly have been covered up by Ms Gallagher.

Does anyone remember the days when Ms Gallagher was just moved from ministry to ministry, leaving a trail of disaster behind her with everything she touched?

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 6:42 pm 05 Aug 10

Anything to do with Govt.funding is more expensive. Thought from the sales manager/Civil contractor/stationary provider/office cleaner etc = “Oooh, the Government wants a quote for …. . I can provide that service for this tendor. Im sure I can score this tendor for 4 times what its worth.” Result = Government pays because they can!

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 5:01 pm 05 Aug 10

So on the one hand, ACT Health accepts donations from, and the Minister then congratulates private individuals who get their names published.
But when an international charity full of anonymous donors wants to make donations that will help children, ACT Health won’t listen?
Jewsus.

Hinthint: If you work for ACT Health and want people to give things to children’s wards for free, contact these people http://www.childsplaycharity.org/contact.php

housebound housebound 4:19 pm 05 Aug 10

Couldn’t have said it better myself JB.

The hospital could FUNDRAISE for executive cars and other perks, and see how much community support that gets.

Mothy Mothy 3:56 pm 05 Aug 10

I-filed said :

In fact, the hospital should try to identify gifts of under $1,000 that patients and families and individuals can make.

On that front, and in more of an easing the pain/comfort vein, I’d like to see some Aust. Hospitals put their hands up to participate in, or do something like the Child’s Play Charity. I guess the Starlight Foundation is as close as we’ll get.

Was appalled on spending some time recently visiting family in Westmead Children’s Hospital, and hearing from the nurses that the Starlight Fun Centres on the ward (i.e. portable computer games consoles/dvd players/computers) had had games for them at one point, but they were stolen. That and the mouse/trackball ball had gone missing – much debate around on what we could improvise with was entered into.

Thumper Thumper 3:31 pm 05 Aug 10

Constant truth of politics – the voting public will want you to do more (i.e. programs) while collecting less (i.e. taxes/debt).

And yet the ACT government still manages to collect more and more, not less and less. In fact so much that they can even afford to buy expensive lumps of rusty metal to sit in arboretums?

Yes, the bar fridge may be a luxury item, but a few thousand dollars in a billion dollar budget is like me having a piss in lake Burley Griffin and thinking it will make a difference to the water quality.

pptvb pptvb 2:01 pm 05 Aug 10

I-filed said :

Nice work. It’s great that this family thought of doing something they could afford, with a tangible benefit that isn’t swallowed up in consolidated revenue, or one-thousandth of a high-tech machine. In fact, the hospital should try to identify gifts of under $1,000 that patients and families and individuals can make. Bravo Samuels family!

Spot on.

Mothy Mothy 1:55 pm 05 Aug 10

Which is more important – a bar fridge for five patients, or one weeks wage for a nurse?

While we’d all like to believe that the govt could see their way to funding both, the reality is there are finite resources available – both to the govt for all its programs, and from there, to the hospitals.

Constant truth of politics – the voting public will want you to do more (i.e. programs) while collecting less (i.e. taxes/debt).

Mathman – the same can be said of much of the fundraising for hospitals anywhere I guess, not just in country towns. A fundraiser for the hospital will often go to the purchase of standard equipment – i.e. Bandaged Bear Day at the Children’s hospital at Westmead.

Then there’s the example of Canberra Hospitals Newborn Intensive Care Foundation. I recall an interview on the radio that I heard where they asked Katy Gallagher why the govt couldn’t fund something like that themselves (sorry, can’t recall when so can’t give a link/citation). The response was interesting – in short, the hospital had decided to fund-raise for that item because they viewed that they could do so through community support. Yes yes, wonderful dodge of the question, but also a valid demonstration of the above point – the hospital is doing what it can with the resources it has. That kind of fundraiser is an easier sell than a blanket “donate to the hospital”, because it is an identifiable/tangible item, and thus probably likely to raise more funds. But it does mean that it doesn’t need funds allocated to it from the hospital budget, so has much the same effect.

I’d class the bar fridges as a “comfort” item. The kind of thing that does indeed make things easier for people receiving treatment in the hospital. In a world where the health system doesn’t isn’t written an annual blank cheque, I accept that it won’t be given priority by the hospital. But that doesn’t mean things like that aren’t important, and something like that donation might make the days of others that much easier. I commend the Samuels family for seeing a need and addressing it.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 1:49 pm 05 Aug 10

Hardly a fair comment JB. And no gold stars for you Thumper, or you JessP.

Why is it that half the community think that because we al pay taxes there’s an unlimited supply of money to cater for every whim of every taxpayer? In every budget, whether it’s the fifty grand of a local school tuckshop or the ‘billion’ of the ACT Health budget, there are priorities. Admittedly there are decsions in expenditure we don’t agree with, but we’re not sitting in the chair with the decisions to be made and the responsibility for the budget’s bottom line and accountability.

Mathman’s post sums it up nicely.

nazasaurus nazasaurus 1:19 pm 05 Aug 10

The ACT public hospitals are a disgrace and I continue to be astonished when they have charity drives to buy vital pieces of equiptment. As someone relatively new to the public service I’m ASTOUNDED as to the wastage that occurs ( Yes you really need to go to your 3rd trip to Europe this year, flying first class to attend whatever it is you must attend- oh and how convenient your son lives there..) and yet we have to ‘beg’ the community for lifesaving medical equiptment for our public hospitals. I know that there are State/C’wealth separations here but that is the issue that needs to be tackled to ensure apprpriate funding and spending.

Meanwhile good on the Samuel family and other generous folk.

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