ON March 11, I wrote to this paper essentially asking our local member what she meant when saying Mildura deserved better in regard to the Mildura Base Hospital.
Our member campaigned strongly on returning the hospital to being run by the government instead of private enterprise, and in her maiden speech to State Parliament reiterated her view that a publicly run the hospital would be a better deal for the health care our region.
In that speech she retold the story of Ilona Legin who it seems unfortunately received an incorrect dose of chemotherapy while being treated by/at the Mildura Base Hospital; and very sadly, subsequently passed away from her cancer sometime after this incident was discovered.
It was suggested and, if not insinuated, by our member that this extremely unfortunate death would not have occurred if our hospital had been run as a public hospital.
Without in any way wishing to denigrate the memory of Ilona, I would point out that on March 21, 2019, a Coroner’s report was publicly released on the incidence of under-dosed chemotherapy administered at and by the Royal Adelaide Hospital Haematology Unit, a world recognised pre-eminent leukaemia treatment facility.
It concluded that there were four deaths as a result (and 10 patients affected). Do not let the fact that the RAH is indeed a publicly-run and government-owned hospital escape you.
If our local member and her Return Mildura Base Hospital cohorts are pushing for its return to public (government) operation, then they should carefully consider this report as it essentially pulls the rug cleanly from under their feet on this platform of their argument.
Now, can we return to the question, which is: what factual evidence can our local member provide to support her contention that a publicly-run Mildura Base Hospital would be better for this community?
At the risk of becoming repetitive Ms Cupper, better than what? And for that matter, how?
The election is over. You are our local member. It’s time to drop the rhetoric of your political campaigning and come up with some facts so that the public who you represent, can at least decide the matter for themselves.