The Health News – 25 June 2015


• CEO Graeme Kershaw of New England Medicare Local says it’s a relief to have secured redundancy packages for outgoing employees, as the organization prepares to close in just over a week.

• Expert Advisory Group has released its preliminary research into prevalence of such behavior such as – discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment are becoming “endemic” in medical work environments.

• John Pascoe, one of Australia’s most senior judges is calling for New South Wales police and child welfare authorities to investigate the surrogacy case of a baby boy who was left in India.

Health News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 25th June 2015. Read by Rebecca Foster.

The father of a Perth man who died after being given the wrong drug to treat his bowel disease says he believes multiple errors by staff at Fiona Stanley Hospital contributed to his son’s death.

Jared Olsen was admitted to Fiona Stanley in February and treated with a powerful cancer drug.
He died less than a month later.
Mr Olsen’s father Phillip told a parliamentary committee inquiry an initial blood test indicated his son was not a suitable candidate for the drug, but no action was taken.
He said there was confusion over whether Mr Olsen’s GP was informed of the abnormal blood test results by the hospital, and there was no record of his informed consent to receive the drug, which has potentially severe side effects.
He said an intensive care doctor told him Mr Olsen’s bone marrow had been destroyed by the drug, and that conversation was the first indication from the hospital that his medication was to blame.

Phillip Olsen said he believed a coronial inquest was needed to identify the causal factors which led to his son’s death.
The evidence was given as part of an inquiry by the Education and Health Standing Committee into the transition and operation of services at Fiona Stanley.
The committee received a request to examine the management and operation of the hospital from Deputy Opposition Leader Roger Cook.
The inquiry is expected to last about three months.

The bulk of funds committed to the Illawarra in the state budget will flow to roads and hospitals, but there’s also funds for policing and education.

The bulk of infrastructure spend on roads over the next 12 months will fund the Foxground and Berry Princes Highway Bypass ($140 million) and the upgrade at Gerringong ($11.9 million).

In health, $14.7 million will be spent on upgrading the Aged Care Centre of Excellence at Bulli Hospital, $4.4 million on the completion of the Wollongong Hospital Elective Surgery Unit, $4.2 million on the Wollongong Hospital car park.
Funds have also been allocated to planning future upgrades at Shellharbour Hospital ($2.9 million) while Berry ambulance station is one of four stations to share in $14.4 million.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra, Gareth Ward, said he is proud of the promises made for the Illawarra in the NSW state budget.

Concerns about “bullying and harassment” among staff at Canberra Hospital have led to the board of urology of the Australasian College of Surgeons withdrawing accreditation for training there.

It comes after a warning that the maternity unit was at risk of losing its teaching accreditation unless things improved within six months.
Executive director of surgical affairs at the college Doctor John Quinn said the accreditation was revoked because it found trainees were being exposed to an environment of “discrimination, bullying and harassment”.
“Accreditation has been removed in urology because the urology unit has been found to be dysfunctional and the teaching environment is no longer such that [there] are adequate learning opportunities for the trainees,” he said.

Dr Quinn said the hospital could reapply for accreditation once the issues had been fully addressed.

Canberra Hospital and Health Services Ian Thompson said the decision would not impact clinical service provision and was not a reflection on the quality of urology services at the hospital.

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