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Auditor General's Recommendations on Health Ignored

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Tags: Auditor-General, Tasmanian Health Service

Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—

(1) Notes that the May 2013 Auditor-General’s report, titled ‘Hospital bed management and primary preventative health’, found high average lengths of stay, high rates of unplanned readmissions, and no key performance indicators regarding patient throughput.

(2) Understands a follow-up audit by the Auditor-General found that, under the direction of the Minister for Health, Hon. Michael Ferguson MP, the Tasmanian Health Service has only implemented 58% of the recommendations contained from the 2013 report.

(3) Recognises the Tasmanian Health Service has only managed to comply with 25 per cent of the recommendation that performance indicators should monitor the effectiveness of patient throughput.

(4) Acknowledges that only 50 per cent of the following recommendations have been implemented, including investigations about:—

(a) ways to avoid excessive bed occupancy at the Royal Hobart Hospital;

(b) why Tasmanian length-of-stay periods are worse than other jurisdictions;

(c) why some surgical procedures have rates of unplanned readmission above the national average; and

(d) why placement times for elderly patients on the North West Coast are longer than for the rest of the state, and to develop strategies to reduce these times.

(5) Further recognises these results echo the recent failure to implement the recommendations contained in an expert report from August 2016, which identified major organisational and governance issues within the Royal Hobart Hospital and Launceston General Hospital.

(6) Calls on the Premier Hon. Will Hodgman MP to instruct the Minister for Health to prioritise implementing these expert recommendations so that hospital clinicians can do their job and provide the care that sick Tasmanians need.