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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 25 October 2018) . . Page.. 4319 ..


(11) What is the timeframe for that plan.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The radiology accreditation report is not a pass/fail assessment and ACT Health did not fail to meet criteria. The college accreditation committee noted that the radiology department had multiple significant issues, which if continued would seriously impact on the quality of training, and that immediate action was required. The report documents four levels of outcomes ranging from A to D. The radiology department was rated D for eight of the twelve standards. The accreditation standards for education, training and supervision of radiology trainees is available at https://www.ranzcr.com/search/accreditation-standards-for-clinical-radiology-training

(2) One of the twelve standards was given an outcome of B which is satisfactory in most areas, and three were given a C, which relates to significant issues noted which must be corrected before accreditation can continue long-term.

(3) The College considers the full report to be privileged. In the interests of staff privacy and the impact that formal release of Recommendation 1 could have on some staff members, I am prepared to table 15 of the 16 recommendations in their entirety (Attachment A).

(4) Canberra Hospital agreed to meet all the recommendations including the undisclosed recommendation so as to improve the training environment for radiology trainees and thereby move rapidly towards returning the department to a level A accreditation.

(5) ACT Health took immediate action upon receiving the preliminary report and had commenced action on verbal recommendations the day following the accreditation visit. The Radiology Department is working towards meeting all the recommendations as its highest priority.

ACT Health will provide a Review Progress Report to RANZCR outlining how their recommendations are being met.

(6) Arrangements are in place to meet all of the College’s sixteen recommendations. I am advised by the Chief Medical Officer that the Radiology Department has already completed 11 of the 16 recommendations.

(7) Not applicable.

(8) The preliminary report has now been finalised.

(9) The College considers the full report to be privileged. In the interests of staff privacy and the impact that formal release of Recommendation 1 could have on some staff members, I am prepared to table 15 of the 16 recommendations in their entirety (Attachment A).

(10) ACT Health anticipates moving towards and returning to a Level A accreditation after meeting the College’s recommendations satisfactorily.

(11) Twelve months.


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