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Canberra Hospital taking charity bar fridges?

By 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 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 5:43 am 06 Aug 10

Reminds me not to swim in LBG again.

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 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 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 9:12 pm 05 Aug 10

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

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 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 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

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