/ 10 November 2021

Deadly failures at Perth’s Children’s Hospital

Image source: Supplied
Image source: Supplied

The parents of 7yo Western Australian girl Aishwarya Aswath, who died at Perth Children’s Hospital on 3 April, say they are disappointed with an external review released by the state government yesterday. It does not give them specific answers about what led to her death, they say. In April, Aishwarya waited for treatment in the hospital’s emergency department for 2 hours before she died of sepsis, a life-threatening bacterial infection. The hospital started an internal review, but in May, an external investigation was launched after Aishwarya’s parents began a hunger strike. It found the hospital was understaffed, those on duty were “exhausted”, and there was “a cascade of missed opportunities” to provide care. The review made 30 recommendations, which will be “accepted and acted upon immediately,” WA Health Minister Roger Cook said. A coronial inquest will take place next year.

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