EXCLUSIVE: Babies’ lives being risked by hospital budget cuts
4BC’s Ray Hadley has revealed babies’ lives are being put at risk by budget cuts at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney.
Whistleblowers claim in the last quarter, there’s been a 50 per cent cancellation rate of surgeries in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Whistleblower to Ray Hadley –
“Empty bed in ICU. Can’t use it!! A very sick baby needs it in another part of the hospital, but is not funded to use it.”
— News Talk 4BC 1116 (@NewsTalk4BC) November 28, 2017
Today alone, two babies have reportedly had their surgery cancelled.
After revealing the claims on-air listener Cameron called in confirming the story.
“We had a baby girl born in May this year. Born with the DiGeorge syndrome.
“Obviously had a few heart dramas and we spent about six weeks in Westmead waiting for an ICU bed so she could have the heart operation that she needed, and got cancelled eight or nine times.”
Staff within the hospital are at their wits end, saying there are beds available, but no funding.
Listen to the shocking claims below