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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 August 2010) . . Page.. 3581 ..

Ayes 3

Noes 9

Ms Hunter

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Barr

Mr Hanson

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Burch

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Coe

Ms Porter

Mr Doszpot

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Question so resolved in the negative.

Motion negatived.

Canberra Hospital—alleged bullying

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (8.11): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that the Review of Public Maternity Units in the ACT released on 5 August 2010:

(i) has provided a damning report on the management of The Canberra Hospital (TCH), including a lack of cohesion amongst the executive team and considerable confusion over roles and functions of senior management;

(ii) found that reporting lines between TCH and ACT Health were ‘blurred’ and that the ‘chain of command often fails’;

(iii) has found that numerous serious complaints made by staff were not addressed and that their complaints were ignored in a ‘systematic and long-standing reticence by management to address disruptive or inappropriate behaviour’, and that ‘most staff interviews indicated that they had tried to raise issues about clinician behaviour with various managers, but had not been able to effect change’;

(iv) has found serious concerns within the obstetrics department of TCH, including:

(A) inadequate clinical governance;

(B) significant staff shortages;

(C) a heavy on load call inconsistent with the safe working hours concept;

(D) poorly coordinated clinical handover between shifts; and

(E) significant reductions in genealogical surgery;

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