HSUWA to appear before the Parliamentary Inquiry into Fiona Stanley Hospital

Wednesday 23 Sep 2015

The HSUWA will be appearing before the Education and Health Standing Committee today at a public hearing convened as part of its inquiry into the transition and operation of services at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

The inquiry is being held following numerous complaints about the level of service and treatment of patients since the hospital commenced its operations.

The HSUWA lodged a written submission back in June 2015, and is appearing today to update the Committee and provide supplementary information to the original submission.

The original submission was informed through the experiences and difficulties faced by staff on the ground. A survey of 650 health workers, found only 10% of respondents believed the transition to Fiona Stanley had been managed well, while almost 70% believed it had not been managed well.

"Since the hospital commenced operations members have raised numerous concerns about some of the well documented issues at Fiona Stanley, including IT and communication failures, problems with sterilisation of equipment and the management of patients." said HSUWA Secretary Dan Hill.

"There were also other issues raised in the survey around a lack of policies and procedures, the transition being rushed, inadequate workforce planning and staffing levels and a lack of consultation with staff."

Mr Hill said that three months on, there were still numerous problems at the new hospital. The serious issues with regards the IT and communications systems still hadn't been resolved. The lack of systems integration across departments continued to pose a risk to patients' welfare and generated major inefficiencies in the management of patient records.

The quality of service provided by Allied Health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers was also being compromised under the hospitals complex management structure. The current model saw individual professional streams abolished and a lack of clinical supervision, with professional staff not being managed by someone from within their profession.

The lack of proper management at FSH even extended to the hospitals uniform policy, which had seen uniforms of a poor quality and insufficient quantity, rolled out to staff in an ad-hoc, ill-considered manner.

"These ongoing issues only add to the perception among the workforce and the wider community that the opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital has been very poorly managed by this government, and that patients and staff are the ones who have paid for that mismanagement." he said

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