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Aishwarya Aswath’s family continue fight for answers

Liam Bartlett
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The parents of Aishwarya Aswath will meet with Health Minister Roger Cook today.

The seven-year-old died while waiting for treatment at Perth Children’s Hospital emergency department.

A damning report into her death has found several failures in the hospital’s systems.

Her father Aswath Chavittupara said he is disappointed with the findings of the report and will continue his calls for an independent review.

“A lot of items mentioned in the report, some of them are not true, some of them are misplaced and some of them are misinterpreted,” he told Liam Bartlett.

“We just don’t want to look into our matter, we want to go back in time and investigate on a lot of cases.”

He said he will request that a family member be part of any independent review.

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Opposition health spokesperson Libby Mettam has echoed the AMA’s calls to sack Roger Cook, and said he must carry responsibility for the “systemic failures”.

“The buck stops with the Minister for Health,” she said.

“The fact that he still does not acknowledge that there were issues with chronic under staffing at Perth Children’s Hospital is beggars belief when you read the report.

“The spin that we are hearing from the Minister for Health about the fact that we’re continuing to improve the system, is in contradiction to what we are hearing on the ground.”

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(Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola/ WA Today.)  

Liam Bartlett
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