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Half a hospital?

By johnboy - 6 February 2012 39

Chief Minister Gallagher is celebrating a $200,000 donation from Woolworths for her new Women and Children’s Hospital.

“Today’s donation will be used to purchase items for our paediatrics ward, such as new play equipment for children and adolescent patients, at the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital which is currently under construction,” the Chief Minister said.

Woolworths and Paediatrics have had a very strong and successful relationship through fundraising efforts for the past 16 years during which time Woolworths has donated more than $1 million as well as thousands of dollars worth of gifts in kind.

“As part of the Fresh Food Kids Hospital Appeal run nationally in all Woolworths’ supermarkets, a weekly BBQ day at the Canberra Hospital was held again in 2011 and was thoroughly enjoyed by staff, patients and visitors.

“We are extremely appreciative of Woolworths continuing generosity and support, and indeed the support the community provides to their fundraising efforts at the Canberra Hospital,” the Chief Minister said.

The new Women’s and Children’s Hospital is part of the ACT Government’s $1 billion plus investment in our health care system – to ensure Canberrans have access to the most modern, state-of-the-art health facilities. It will see the collocation of services including Paediatrics at the Canberra Hospital (PatCH), maternity services, the neonatal intensive care unit, gynaecology and fetal medicine and specialised outpatient services.

But Jeremy Hanson is not impressed by progress:

Katy Gallagher has finally admitted that the Women’s and Children’s hospital is running $20 million over budget and will be completed a year late. However, she still intends to open half of the uncompleted hospital before the ACT election this year, a similar strategy to Labor’s ‘half a road’ GDE and 2008 election stunt prison opening, according to ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson.

“Katy Gallagher should take direct responsibility for much of this delay and cost blow out by demanding changes be made to the design of the hospital after the project had started and following her European tour,” Mr Hanson said.

“Katy Gallagher has already delivered the fiasco of the Canberra Hospital car park which blew out from $29m to $42m and was over a year late, and has broken her promise to build a Secure Mental Health facility which was due to be completed last year, but was cancelled after costs blew out from $11 million to about $30 million.

“These projects are just the tip of the ice berg and budget papers show she has a record of failing to deliver about $60 million of planed health infrastructure each year after year.

UPDATE: 07/02/12 11:13: Chief Minister Gallagher has been moved to describe the sheer magnificence of her new hospital:

Canberrans will have access to the best facilities for women’s and children’s healthcare once the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital opens mid year, the Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said today.

Responding to constant negativity about the project from the Canberra Liberals, the Chief Minister has confirmed that every increase to the project both in scope and budget has been approved by the Legislative Assembly.

“The cost of the hospital project has been clearly identified in our budget – a budget that has been debated by the Legislative Assembly in great detail and passed by the Assembly. This information is readily available to the public and able to be scrutinised in the Budget Estimates process,” the Chief Minister said.

“We have kept the community updated about the project design and scope every step of the way,” the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister said the project’s budget had largely increased due to additional new features being included in the design with each additional appropriation of funding having been approved by the Assembly.

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Bramina 9:38 pm 29 Feb 12

schmeah said :

john87_no1 said :

When is the Mens Hospital getting built….?

When men start having babies idiot.

At the risk of sounding stupid: not having been around too many people who have had kids, I never realised that women’s and children’s hospitals were maternity hospitals. Maybe I was confused by the existence of maternity wards in other hospitals.

I had assumed it was just a hangover from a long time ago that women and children at one point had their own hospitals.

clp 8:18 pm 29 Feb 12

Breast and prostate cancer are both over-subscribed as far as access to charity money and support services relative to other cancers. Prostate cancer is disproportionately funded by the public purse as part of a major “me-too-ism” reaction to all the breast marketing which goes on. And by disproportionately I mean in terms of it being a killer of men – its not one of the leading causes at all. It would be better if heart disease was somehow sexier.

Survival rates for breast and prostate cancer have improved significantly with all the public funding.
Unfortunately lung cancer survival rates remain very very low. Its not a sexy cancer – there is a strong public element of “you smoked you deserve to die” – which frankly sucks as no one deserves to die and the fastest growing group of new lung cancer diagnoses belong to young people who have never smoked.

If the other cancers received anywhere near the attention of breast and prostate it would be a very good thing.

Cancer isn’t just pink or blue.

poetix 6:18 pm 29 Feb 12

dpm said :

On a slightly different note, does anyone else bang their head repeatedly on the table when they read stories like this?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-29/canberra-hospital-mri-scanner/3858900

I don’t know whether I should laugh or cry!

Let’s hope they don’t stuff up this Maccas donation money too! Geeez!

I cry, dpm. But I also laughed at this phrase in the article you linked to : ‘particular types of complicated brain tumours.’ Implies there are those really simple brain tumours that can be sliced out with a plastic knife during someone’s coffee break after taking a photo with a smart phone.

dpm 3:33 pm 29 Feb 12

On a slightly different note, does anyone else bang their head repeatedly on the table when they read stories like this?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-29/canberra-hospital-mri-scanner/3858900

I don’t know whether I should laugh or cry!

Let’s hope they don’t stuff up this Maccas donation money too! Geeez!

farnarkler 1:06 pm 11 Feb 12

I’m still waiting for Richard Branson to open a Virgin maternity ward.

IrishPete 10:51 am 11 Feb 12

NoImRight said :

What do dry people think?

They haven’t been gullible enough to purchase bottled water, nor bought into this idea we must all remain constantly “hydrated”.

Yeah another Greenie con. 🙂

This is in jest, isn’t it? I’m not sure any self-respecting “Greenie” would be recommending the purchase of bottled water.

IP (a self-respecting Green Party member)

NoImRight 4:28 pm 09 Feb 12

Russ said :

Thumper said :

Russ said :

NoImRight said :

Id be interested in quantifying exactly how much is “significantly less than half a cent”?

The Gruen Transfer pointed out that Coke actually pay a fixed amount to breast cancer research each year, not a per-bottle contribution for each of the pink-topped bottles of water sold, which is what moist people believe.

What do dry people think?

They haven’t been gullible enough to purchase bottled water, nor bought into this idea we must all remain constantly “hydrated”.

Yeah another Greenie con. 🙂

Russ 4:09 pm 09 Feb 12

Thumper said :

Russ said :

NoImRight said :

Id be interested in quantifying exactly how much is “significantly less than half a cent”?

The Gruen Transfer pointed out that Coke actually pay a fixed amount to breast cancer research each year, not a per-bottle contribution for each of the pink-topped bottles of water sold, which is what moist people believe.

What do dry people think?

They haven’t been gullible enough to purchase bottled water, nor bought into this idea we must all remain constantly “hydrated”.

JessP 4:00 pm 09 Feb 12

Could they build a Womens only pool there and solve several probalems at once?

Thumper 3:31 pm 09 Feb 12

Russ said :

NoImRight said :

Id be interested in quantifying exactly how much is “significantly less than half a cent”?

The Gruen Transfer pointed out that Coke actually pay a fixed amount to breast cancer research each year, not a per-bottle contribution for each of the pink-topped bottles of water sold, which is what moist people believe.

What do dry people think?

sarahsarah 3:20 pm 09 Feb 12

qbngeek said :

sarahsarah said :

thatsnotme said :

I sometimes get frustrated that while there’s Jane McGrath day at the cricket with everyone wearing pink, there’s no day where everyone dons brown scarves to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer.

Whist I do agree that there is a disparity between breast cancer funding and prostate cancer funding considering that they are about equal in terms of people affected there are some special events to promote awareness of it – Movember is one well known example that comes to mind although admittedly they cover other things as well such as men’s depression.

September is also International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – it’s symbol is a blue ribbon not brown. It isn’t widely publicised but I believe it’s still somewhat in its infancy so you might help spread the word 🙂

The more you know! /sparkly stars

So the poor old prostate gets two months, one of which is relatively unknown, but the boobies get pink crap sold all over the joint for the whole year….seems fair. /sarcasm

BTW before you go and buy more pink rubbish to give money to breast cancer research. Have a look into how much money actually goes to the cause. For each one of those bottles of water, it is significantly less than half a cent. Just give money straight to the cause and stop wasting time.

Did I say anywhere in my post or say anything that gave the impression that I buy “pink rubbish” or water bottles just because they have pink ribbons on them? Just because I have a pair of breasts myself doesn’t mean I am programmed to ignore all other forms of cancer research and buy pink stuff for the sake of it. I don’t have four legs, fur or a tail but I still support the RSPCA where I can.

Thatsnotme said there was nothing that rasied awareness for prostate cancer and I gave them two examples that I know of (and support – my family has a history of Prostate Cancer). I was trying to raise awareness of two events, one of which that is somewhat unknown. Do you think Breast Cancer Awareness became big overnight? It takes time for people to spread the word and for things to build up.

So rather than just having a whinge and making (false) assumptions – what are you doing about it?

… What was this thread about again?

crackerpants 3:17 pm 09 Feb 12

EvanJames said :

crackerpants said :

surely the equal-and-opposite result is that those patient cohorts are no longer accommodated within the existing facilities, and services for them are no longer required…a men’s/adult hospital by default, if you will.

men’s/women without children/adult hospital?

Something like that. Although I should think there would be a few women without children treated at the women’s and children’s as well, if it’s covering gynaecology.

EvanJames 3:01 pm 09 Feb 12

crackerpants said :

surely the equal-and-opposite result is that those patient cohorts are no longer accommodated within the existing facilities, and services for them are no longer required…a men’s/adult hospital by default, if you will.

men’s/women without children/adult hospital?

Russ 2:57 pm 09 Feb 12

NoImRight said :

Id be interested in quantifying exactly how much is “significantly less than half a cent”?

The Gruen Transfer pointed out that Coke actually pay a fixed amount to breast cancer research each year, not a per-bottle contribution for each of the pink-topped bottles of water sold, which is what moist people believe.

NoImRight 1:02 pm 09 Feb 12

Id be interested in quantifying exactly how much is “significantly less than half a cent”?

qbngeek 12:47 pm 09 Feb 12

sarahsarah said :

thatsnotme said :

I sometimes get frustrated that while there’s Jane McGrath day at the cricket with everyone wearing pink, there’s no day where everyone dons brown scarves to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer.

Whist I do agree that there is a disparity between breast cancer funding and prostate cancer funding considering that they are about equal in terms of people affected there are some special events to promote awareness of it – Movember is one well known example that comes to mind although admittedly they cover other things as well such as men’s depression.

September is also International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – it’s symbol is a blue ribbon not brown. It isn’t widely publicised but I believe it’s still somewhat in its infancy so you might help spread the word 🙂

The more you know! /sparkly stars

So the poor old prostate gets two months, one of which is relatively unknown, but the boobies get pink crap sold all over the joint for the whole year….seems fair. /sarcasm

BTW before you go and buy more pink rubbish to give money to breast cancer research. Have a look into how much money actually goes to the cause. For each one of those bottles of water, it is significantly less than half a cent. Just give money straight to the cause and stop wasting time.

crackerpants 12:27 pm 09 Feb 12

Apart from the stated benefits of a dedicated women’s and children’s hospital (such as co-location of recovering mothers and babies in SCN or NICU), surely the equal-and-opposite result is that those patient cohorts are no longer accommodated within the existing facilities, and services for them are no longer required…a men’s/adult hospital by default, if you will.

However you look at it, I can’t see it as anything but a positive.

NoImRight 12:19 pm 07 Feb 12

poetix said :

NoImRight said :

What Hospitals do they have in the Netherlands?

Dutch ones.

Lets get those then

sarahsarah 11:03 am 07 Feb 12

thatsnotme said :

I sometimes get frustrated that while there’s Jane McGrath day at the cricket with everyone wearing pink, there’s no day where everyone dons brown scarves to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer.

Whist I do agree that there is a disparity between breast cancer funding and prostate cancer funding considering that they are about equal in terms of people affected there are some special events to promote awareness of it – Movember is one well known example that comes to mind although admittedly they cover other things as well such as men’s depression.

September is also International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – it’s symbol is a blue ribbon not brown. It isn’t widely publicised but I believe it’s still somewhat in its infancy so you might help spread the word 🙂

The more you know! /sparkly stars

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