The Canberra Times is leading with a picture of Kylie Minogue doing something in London for its readers who don’t want to buy the Women’s Weekly.
But they do have space on their website for a story on Canberra Hospital failing to clean the rectal suckers they use on unfortunate children.
As a result those children will need to be tested for Heps B and C as well as HIV. Parents are understandably distressed at having their 8 year olds HIV tested for all that a test does not equal having a disease.
They explained … they discovered last year that when they do a rectal suction biopsy with this tool that they’re using, it’s only sitting in a solution and they have been missing the process of having it steamed
Really fills you with confidence doesn’t it?
UPDATE: The ABC informs us that Queanbeyan hospital is getting a big upgrade, which might be a bit of a comfort.
ANOTHER UPDATE: The ABC reports that the hospital sat on the story for four months while figuring out which people needed to be contacted. Sounds like their record keeping is as terrifying as their sanitation.
Yet Another Update It’s interesting to consider that the delay in notification was essentially a cover-up of the poor record retrieval system, not the failed safety regime.