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St Vincent's to save embattled suburban hospital

Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital will help revamp services at Campbelltown Hospital in Sydney's south-west to improve its battered image.

The Sun-Herald reported yesterday that the NSW Government has approved St Vincent's Hospital at Darlinghurst developing new clinical procedures at Campbelltown.

St Vincent's chief executive officer Mary Foley said she hoped the hospitals would enter into "some sort of partnership arrangement".

Ms Foley said talks over the next four to six weeks would determine the right course of action for Campbelltown.

"The Health Minister has asked us to work with the Department of Health and the area health service to look at the clinical services plan, which was released last week for south-western Sydney, and to identify how we might be of some assistance," she said.

"I think we can help in administration and management, and we are strong in many of the clinical areas that have been identified as needing development.

A parliamentary review of more than 20 patient deaths at Campbelltown and Camden hospitals, released last week, found the state's health system was plagued by medical mistakes and was run by an "old girls' network".

Ms Foley said she believed St Vincent's involvement at Campbelltown would attract more doctors to the hospital.

St Vincent's a saviour to hospital (Sun-Herald 27/6/04 - payment required)

St Vincent's Hospital (Media Statement NSW Minister for Health 23/6/04)
St Vincent's Hospital

28 Jun 2004