The questions Roger Cook couldn’t answer about an entirely predictable health crisis25th March 2021
March 2021: ‘Unbelievable’: Perth Children’s Hospital offers mattress on the floor to boy, 10, tormented by psychosis
A mother of a 10-year-old boy who suffers epilepsy and has had risky delusional episodes requiring hospital admission was offered a mattress on the floor of Perth Children’s Hospital in lieu of a bed on Monday night.
March 2021: Perth woman sat 13 hours risking ‘suffocating from inside’ as nurses scrambled to find her a bed
A breastfeeding mother was forced to spend an excruciating 13 hours in a wheelchair in a Perth emergency department, with a 25-centimetre blood clot in her thigh. She was so shocked by how busy the staff were she used a zimmerframe to go to a woman calling for help from her hospital bed.
March 2021: ‘Survival mode’: Perth nurse-to-patient ratios reach ‘outrageous’ levels
Nurses at Perth’s major hospitals said they were working in “survival mode”, operating with shortfalls of 30 to 50 fewer staff than required. Emergency department doctors backed the claims, saying staffing ratios accepted in major emergency departments were “outrageous” and would never be accepted in hospital wards.
February 2021: Another Perth hospital needed as our sick and vulnerable are now at grave risk
Perth-based emergency physician and the Western Australia Faculty Chair of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine pens an emphatic opinion piece, saying “quite simply, there are not enough beds in our WA hospitals and EDs to accommodate all the sick and injured people who come to us for help every day. And this is very dangerous.
“If you, or a friend or family member have an accident, or become very ill, and seek help at a hospital that is access blocked then you, or they, are 10 per cent more likely to die.”
February 2021: AMA doctors say WA can’t cope with COVID outbreak, Health Minister dismisses report
Health Minister Roger Cook dismissed a survey which found 63 per cent of Western Australian AMA doctors believed the state’s health system could not cope with a significant COVID-19 outbreak.
February 2021: Clear and present danger: the non-COVID crisis crippling WA’s health system
In an opinion piece WAtoday columnist Gareth parker wrote: In October 2014, when 1500 hours of ambulance ramping were recorded, then-shadow health minister Roger Cook said: “If that’s not a crisis, I don’t know what is.”
Yet last month, patients spent 4111 hours ramped outside hospital EDs, following 3845 in December, 3698 in November, 3295 in October and 3083 in September.
December 2020: WA’s health system crisis continues to spiral leaving patients waiting for ambulances
Patients having seizures and showing signs of a stroke were being left stuck at home waiting for ambulances as Western Australia’s health care system crisis continued to spiral.
December 2020: ‘Crisis point’: COVID-19 blamed as WA hospital ramping hours reach new record
The “unprecedented” ambulance ramping crisis afflicting Western Australia’s public hospitals was getting worse as the hours spent treating patients parked up outside of emergency departments reached another record high in November.
Mental health beds are also in short supply with an increase in patients presenting at emergency departments.
December 2020: WA doctors call for urgent support as hospitals clogged with ‘bed block’
The state’s peak doctors’ body has sounded the alarm over Western Australia’s struggling healthcare system, claiming emergency departments were over-capacity and hospitals were riddled with ‘bed block’ preventing the quick treatment of patients seeking care.
December 2020: Parents demand urgent action to fix WA’s youth mental health system
WA Chief Psychiatrist Nathan Gibson’s review into the state’s mental health system for young people and children revealed a range of urgent actions required.
August 2020: COVID prepared? WA’s health department won’t bow to concerns over ambulance ramping
Western Australia’s Health Department has dismissed concerns that hospitals would be unable to cope with a second wave of coronavirus, saying emergency departments were equipped with trained staff and patients were being triaged from ambulances quicker than previous years.
August 2020: Students may be fast-tracked to fill WA doctor shortage as warnings sound over threat of second wave
Junior doctor shortages, insufficient personal protective equipment and ambulance ramping all pointed to an impending crisis for Perth hospitals if a second wave of coronavirus hits, according to the Australian Medical Association of WA.
AMA WA president Andrew Miller said the state was no better prepared than Victoria for an “inevitable” outbreak via freight or airline services.