“Today NSW Health has publically released the Henry Review into
paediatric services across regional, rural and metropolitan NSW.
the review and its recommendations to NSW Health about how to best deliver
health services for our children across the state.
“Much of recent
commentary has been focused on the specialist Randwick and Westmead children’s
review is a timely reminder that our suburban and regional hospitals account
for 80 per cent of emergency department presentations of children. The review
signals better services for those children and all children across NSW.
fortunate in NSW to have a range of hospitals including John Hunter at
Newcastle delivering paediatric services.
“In Sydney we also have two world-class children’s hospitals and the
Henry Review recommended that tertiary and quaternary services be maintained at
both Randwick and Westmead.
“NSW Health has
determined that paediatric cardiac surgery and cardiology will be delivered at
the networked Westmead and Randwick campuses.
“To facilitate NSW Health’s
decision, the NSW Government will ensure additional funding of up to $10 million
for equipment and infrastructure to ensure specialists are further assisted in
delivering paediatric cardiac services.
“A new Chair
of the SCHN Board will be announced in coming weeks, and the Board will recruit
a new chief executive responsible for developing a clinical services plan.
“I would urge the clinicians at both the hospitals to put aside past
differences and work constructively to ensure the success of our two Sydney
children’s hospitals which serve our sickest children.”