News Extra [these Stories Appear Only On The Web]

Hospital's charitable donations diverted to pay running costs

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:248
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    One of Australia's leading children's hospitals has been caught in an ethical and political row after a cash crisis forced it to use public donations to pay for staff wages.

    The honorary treasurer of Sydney's Westmead Children's hospital resigned over a board decision to use $A2.5m (about £1m, $1.9m, €1.5m) to pay outstanding bills. Mr David Say's letter of resignation was leaked to the media amid a growing political storm in New South Wales about the underfunding of the public hospital system.

    In the letter he said that while the move, which had not happened before, might have been legal it was …

    View Full Text

    Sign in

    Log in through your institution

    Free trial

    Register for a free trial to to receive unlimited access to all content on for 14 days.
    Sign up for a free trial