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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 9 May 2018) . . Page.. 1628 ..


(b) in relation to the March 2018 accreditation report by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) for The Canberra Hospital:

(i) the accreditation report revealed the hospital failed to meet 37 standards;

(ii) of the failed standards:

(A) two were rated as extreme risks, relating to patient safety in mental health;

(B) six were rated as high risks, relating to governance, strategic planning, decision-making, non-compliance with policy and procedures, and low completion rates of surgical safety checklists and inpatient discharge summaries;

(C) 15 were rated as moderate risks; and

(D) 14 were rated as low risks;

(iii) the media reported the:

(A) Minister for Health and Wellbeing had said that the governance issues validated the ACT Government’s decision to restructure the Health Directorate;

(B) Acting Director-General of the Health Directorate had said not being accredited is not an option; and

(C) Australian Medical Association had said the loss of accreditation would be a disaster;

(iv) there were media reports of claims by staff of the CHWC that:

(A) dirty and broken furniture and faulty equipment in use before the accreditation audit had been removed prior to the audit and returned to use after it was completed; and

(B) over-rostering of staff was used to create the illusion of appropriate staffing levels during the audit; and

(v) the ACHS will review the failed standards in July 2018;

(c) the intention of the Minister for Health and Wellbeing to split the Health Directorate into two directorates;

(d) the continuing worsening of emergency department and elective surgery waiting times;

(e) the delays to the delivery of the Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiation and Emergency (SPIRE) building at The Canberra Hospital; and

(f) the unreported waiting times for elective surgery patients to attend an initial appointment with their specialist surgeon; and

(2) calls on the Minister for Health and Wellbeing to:

(a) in relation to the CHWC:

(i) by the close of business this day:

(A) table the letter that the CHWC clinical staff sent to her; and


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