11 May 2020
As you are aware the first tranche of elective activity recommencement started on Monday, 27 April 2020.
Since that time, we have had an increasing number of member enquiries regarding how the additional capacity will be distributed, coupled with concerns regarding lack of transparency and equity in the distribution process.
While we acknowledge the important conditions and risks regarding ICU capacity, PPE supplies and infection control, a transparent determination process is critical for you to ensure your patients have equity of access determined by transparent and equitable clinician decision-making, with patient safety at front of mind. Moreover, all doctors must benefit in part from the allowable increased capacity.
The Australian Health Protection Principle Committee (AHPPC) has released a statement on restoration of elective surgery, including principles for re-introduction of hospital activity, risks and suggested approach for elective surgery. You can read the statement HERE.
We are writing to private operators in Queensland seeking their advice on the distribution process in their facility, including criteria, restrictions, methods of prioritising work/equity, decision-maker, clinician involvement in decision-making and transparency of process.
As we receive responses from operators regarding these issues, we will share this information with you.
In the meantime, please contact us on email@example.com or call us on (07) 3872 2222, if you have particular concerns regarding the distribution of work in your facility.
Published: 11 May 2020