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Your views: on reporting child abuse, and W&CH

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Today, readers comment on the head of Child Protection and the relevant Minister not being told a 13-year-old girl in state care had been made pregnant by a pedophile, and concerns about hospital services.

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Commenting on the story: Department’s no name, no shame policy over abuse of girl in state care

I fully admit that I do not fully understand this case but I also cannot see why it wasn’t reported earlier, and why should the persons that knew this was happening not be ‘named and shamed’.

To me they have not done their job correctly of looking after young people in their care. – Janice Old

It is a pity that pressure is being put on the CEO of the Child Protection Department to name and shame staff. Yes! Individual staff should not be named and shamed in the media.

People who work in child protection are mostly professionals who have committed their lives to this work and deserve to be treated in a dignified manner.

How would any of us cope in the workplace if our name could potentially be on the front page of the press in response to a terrible situation where we did nothing illegal or immoral, and on a daily basis we do a hard job helping the most vulnerable children in our society. – Kenise Neill

What is a “clinical lens”? – Peter Ludborzs

Commenting on the story: ‘Lack’ of W&CH oncology services now under fire

The escalating problems at the WCH, at last, are being exposed. The absence of cardiac surgery and the inadequacies in beds, staff and other resources in the cancer service are notable examples.

But there are deficiencies across the board in other clinical services.

The staff find it difficult to speak out and the hospital administration denies that there are problems.

It is difficult to see this wonderful hospital criticised in public, but how else will these issues be raised at senior levels in SA Health and with the Health Minister.

The patients and staff at the WCH deserve to be heard and their legitimate concerns considered and addressed. – Warren Jones

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