Page 870 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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(d) the Minister confirmed in answer to an overdue question on notice, dated 12 January 2023, that since the suspension of accreditation, five staff were on leave/reduced hours and mitigation strategies had to be employed to enable the continuation of the service;

(2) further notes:

(a) culture problems have been rife in the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children;

(b) Women, Youth and Children recorded the lowest response rate since 2005 to the recent December Pulse survey;

(c) of 276 respondents to the proposition, “On balance CHS is a truly great place to work”, 57.2 percent disagreed, placing Women, Youth and Children in the “very low” percentile compared to similar services at other hospitals; and

(d) of 283 respondents, 40.6 percent disagreed with the statement that “things are getting better all the time”; and

(3) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) table the report by the RANZCOG into the suspension of accreditation as a training site in the Maternal and Fetal Medicine Unit by the end of the sitting week;

(b) table out of sitting, details on how many applicants have applied for the subspecialist role in the (i) June to December 2022 period and (ii) December 2022 to present;

(c) provide an update on how many staff have left, reduced their hours or gone on leave since 31 August 2022 to present; and

(d) update the Assembly on what national and international recruitment strategies CHS have pursued to restore accreditation for the Maternal and Fetal Medicine Unit.

The Fetal Medicine Unit caters for people with identified risk factors in their pregnancy. Those who have had complications in a previous pregnancy will also be referred to this service. This unit operates in the Canberra Hospital, as it is the tertiary hospital for the southern New South Wales health district. If a patient is at risk of having a complex pregnancy, then they will be referred to the Canberra Hospital to receive care.

As the Canberra Hospital is the only tertiary hospital to provide this service, it is also the only place that doctors who wish to train in this field can do so. I will get to trainee doctors later in the speech, but if you have read the Canberra Times over the last few months, you would be aware that the ACT should be looking to do everything it can to incentivise them to stay. The hospital is losing junior doctors and losing specialists in other important fields of medicine and surgery. The government still fails to ensure that doctors who wish to train and work in the Canberra Hospital are retained.

On 3 August I asked the health minister about the status of accreditation for training at the fetal and maternal medicine unit in the Canberra Hospital. The minister took the question on notice and came back at the end of question time, saying:

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