Can anyone provide an update on Canberra Hospital’s quest for a second mobile humidicrib? Can these things malfunction, so that there may be no humidicrib available in Canberra Hospital?
A spokesperson from Katy Gallagher’s dep was quoted on NowUC as saying:
- “Within the public healthcare system, there is always a high demand for services and new equipment… We need to set priorities, not only neonatology, but right across all our services.”
I recognise the limits of budgets/allocations, but it leaves me wondering what other priorities do we have, in healthcare and elsewhere, that requires something like a mobile humidicrib to be relegated to a queue.
I can only speak for myself, but I would rate neonatal and paediatrics pretty much at the top.
There are many essential health services required by the community, but I’m sure the majority of parents, if they had to choose between their own health or that of their children, would side with their children.
If that’s an inaccurate, sweeping generalisation, let me know.