MEDIA RELEASE: FAIRFIELD HOSPITAL INQUIRY GAGGED

A motion calling for NSW Health to explain two deaths in the Fairfield Hospital maternity ward before the NSW Parliament was gagged by the Berejiklian Government today, who used a ‘filibuster’ to prevent having to come clean about the tragedy. 

 

The motion, submitted by Hugh McDermott MP, called for the immediate release of details surrounding the unplanned deaths in December 2015 at Fairfield Hospital's maternity unit which have been referred to the Clinical Excellence Commission and the NSW Coroner for investigation.

 

NSW Health is yet to confirm whether the deaths were infants or mothers.

 

However, the Berejiklian Government ran down the clock to push the Fairfield Hospital motion off the agenda. In response, Dr McDermott will use a ‘Private Member’s Statement’ to demand the immediate release of details surrounding the unplanned deaths.

 

By convention, the Government will not receive a detailed response but can continue to hide the details of the deaths.

 

Dr McDermott’s speech will take place late early Thursday evening. 

 

 

Quotes attributable to State Member for Prospect Hugh McDermott:

 

“Our community demands transparency over what caused these tragedies and what the Government is doing to ensure it never happens again. In response, all we have been given is a disgraceful, political cover-up.

 

“We deserve to know why patients died preventable deaths in our hospital’s maternity ward.

 

 “The only information we have is the leaked minutes of a District Health Board meeting that suggest that the tragedies were linked to under resourcing.

 

“The Berejiklian Government is more interested in protecting its political standing than accepting responsibility and ensuring that there are no more preventable deaths in our hospital.

 

“I fully respect the privacy of the families affected by these tragedies and will not ask for names. However, NSW Health needs to release a statement identifying the age of the victims and the cause of the deaths.

 

 

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