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Fiascos flood privatised Fiona Stanley Hospital: surgery theatres and the emergency department had to be closed at Perth's Fiona Stanley Hospital after a serious water leak caused flooding in the $2 billion hospital, which opened earlier this year.

The hospital was also closed in April after a similar incident with a burst water bellow. Hospital management has not ruled out further closures to replace other water bellows, which should have a shelf life of 100 years.

Patients were diverted to other hospitals during the closure. Patients who remained in the hospital were unable to have hot showers and the hospital's heating system was switched off.

Western Australian premier Colin Barnett conceded that the hospital's ongoing problems were "more than teething".

The hospital has been dogged by a string of scandals since it opened.

In April a surgical contamination scare resulted in private company Serco losing part of its services contract.

Patient Jared Olsen died earlier this year after he was given the wrong drug.

A parliamentary inquiry into the hospital's services is underway.

The ANMF has raised concerns about patient care at the hospital, arising from staffing shortages.

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Publication:The Lamp
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Date:Sep 1, 2015
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