Statement from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine re Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Attributable to Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) President Dr Simon Judkins
- ACEM will always support its members and trainees advocating for better patient care.
- We support Dr Peter Allely, who is a Fellow of the College, and his call for improved patient outcomes at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
- ACEM is disappointed in the advice Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook have received which has led to their comments this morning.
- Emergency department overcrowding and access block are significant issues. More needs to be done to reduce patient risk of poorer outcomes, and to support emergency physicians by providing safe workplaces that value clinical expertise in decision making outcomes.
- Leadership at the top of key hospitals must listen to their frontline workers or risk the fracturing of a workforce already on the brink.
- ACEM will closely monitor the situation and further developments, and would be happy to work with the government, hospital leadership and health department executives to develop the actions to improve patient outcomes.