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NSW Health Minister urges hospital management to ‘get on with it!’

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has urged management at Westmead Children’s hospital to “get on with it!”. 

Two-week-old Oliver Jeffrey, the public face of the Bandaged Bear fundraiser, is the latest victim of a bed shortage crisis at the hospital.

The delay of Oliver’s surgery has prompted Minister Hazzard to tell the hospital speed to hurry up and make space for new beds which have been funded.

“I rang last night and again this morning and was told they were still on track to get it finished around June, July,” he says.

He tells Ray he’s asked them to revisit the matter to complete it faster.

“I’ve told them, get on with it!”

“Bring people in, work at night, if we’re not waking up patients.”

The state government last year allocated $4-million for six new high-dependency beds at Westmead that will free up space in the 21-bed intensive care unit.

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