Hospital's charitable donations diverted to pay running costsBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7434.248-a (Published 29 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:248
- Christopher Zinn
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 …