The Health News – 1 June 2017

Overview:

• SA Pathology says it will axe almost 200 jobs without hampering efficiency, but unions have vowed to respond with industrial action. SA Pathology spokesman Glenn Edwards said the cuts were about creating a contemporary service. He also said that a modern pathology service uses a number of very important enablers so IT systems, very sophisticated world-leading automation systems in laboratories and this is the way pathology is trending.

• Seven recommendations were made at the inquest into the suicide of Ahlia Jane Raftery, 18, who took her own life in the Mater Mental Health Centre, Newcastle, in March 2015. Counsel assisting the inquest, Peggy Dwyer recommended that NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard introduce one-to-one nurse to patient ratios in all New South Wales psychiatric intensive care units.

• The Valium recall noticed was issued by the TGA on Friday because the relaxant had been swapped out for different drugs at a Sydney distribution centre. Roche said the incident occurred at a distribution centre, Symbion Contract Logistics released a statement saying they had sacked a worker at its Sydney-based distribution facility.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-31/sa-pathology-job-cuts-unions-industrial-action/8576896

SA Pathology says it will axe almost 200 jobs without hampering efficiency, but unions have vowed to respond with industrial action.

It said redundancies would be offered from September to technical professionals and medical scientists.

SA Pathology spokesman Glenn Edwards said the cuts were about creating a contemporary service.

“A modern pathology service, … uses a number of very important enablers … so IT systems, very sophisticated world-leading automation systems in laboratories and this is the way pathology is trending,” Mr Edwards said.

He promised the service would remain efficient.

Professionals Australia’s Sarah Andrews said the union doubted there could be 196 planned job cuts without causing delays in blood testing and results.

Another health union official Phil Palmer of the Ambulance Employees Association condemned the cutbacks.

Unions said they would start industrial action … to send a message to SA Pathology management.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-31/coroner-urged-to-support-sweeping-changes-in-wake-of-suicide/8576670

A coroner overseeing a suicide inquest has been urged to recommend that one-on-one care be introduced in all New South Wales psychiatric intensive care units.

It is one of seven recommendations made at the inquest into the suicide of Ahlia Jane Raftery, 18, who took her own life in the Mater Mental Health Centre, Newcastle, in March 2015.

During victim impact statements read at the inquest today, it was clear Ahlia’s family had been ripped apart by her death.

Her family has criticised the fact she was transferred between four facilities within a week, and allege 15-minute checks were not carried out.

Today, Ahlia was remembered as a brave, artistic, funny girl who loved her Doc Martens boots.

Counsel assisting the inquest, Peggy Dwyer, has asked Mr Lee to endorse seven recommendations.

Ms Dwyer recommended that NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard introduce one-to-one nurse to patient ratios in all New South Wales psychiatric intensive care units.

Ms Dwyer also called for a trial of wearable technology in Newcastle psychiatric intensive care units to constantly check for signs of life.

There is also a push for more education and training, and better policies identifying the roles of individual nurses.

Mr Lee is due to hand down his findings next week.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-31/valium-recall-worker-sacked-over-roche-diazepam-tampering/8576532

A worker has been sacked after the TGA issued a nation-wide recall of Roche Products’ diazepam, because the relaxant had been swapped out for different drugs at a Sydney distribution centre.

The Valium recall noticed was issued by the TGA on Friday, saying it was looking into potential medicine tampering.

Roche distributes 30,000 packets of 50 pills every month.

Roche said the incident occurred at a distribution centre, … Symbion Contract Logistics released a statement saying they had sacked a worker at its Sydney-based distribution facility.

Symbion Contract Logistics describes itself as the “most efficient and extensive distribution system for manufacturers in the Australian pharmaceutical industry”.

NSW Police said they were investigating the Valium theft.

 

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