All due credit to our West Australian Minister for Health, Kim Hames, for his apology today to the family of the 17 year old who tragically died at Albany Hospital, and who’s death was recently the subject of a scathing report/finding by our coroner.

Always hard to know, but the sound bite I heard sounded entirely genuine and his response is to be applauded ‘in spades.’

Anyone who has worked in medical litigation for persons pursuing claim, can tell how on almost every instance, clients are motivated by more than monetary compensation and almost invariably speak of the need for someone to take responsibility, to be accountable and as importantly, to ensure that steps will be taken to ensure it does not occur to the next unfortunate patient.

As I say, all credit to Minister Hames.  I am sure his gesture will aid the family’s path, following this tragedy.