Culture and data are key to hospital safety

11 Nov 2021

Caboolture review


Gaps in culture and data were found in the Independent Governance Review into the Caboolture Hospital released last week.
AMA Queensland recognises the work of ASMOFQ (Australian Salaried Medical Officers' Federation Queensland) who have been working with doctors and the Metro North Hospital and Health Service (HHS), to ensure members’ voices and concerns were included in the review process.
We welcome the findings and the 19 recommendations, and note that no individual doctor was found to be at fault in the report. We call on Metro North HHS to swiftly implement these recommendations to address the operational and cultural issues at Caboolture Hospital, which have also been confirmed by our members.
Importantly, we believe that a strong, healthy organisational culture is vital to ensure that doctors can provide care to their patients with the highest levels of quality and safety.
In addition, accurate data and transparent reporting which have driven improvements in other HHSs, need to be a key area of focus here as well.

Finally, we also welcome and acknowledge Metro North HHS’s openness and transparency throughout this review process, and we will continue to advocate for transparency, as well as fairness and thoroughness, in all hospital reviews that occur within Queensland Health.
You can read the full report here.
AMA Queensland is proud to stand with ASMOFQ to represent members. 

Every day, ASMOFQ represents Queensland doctors – standing up for your workplace rights, maintaining and enhancing your working conditions, supporting you in times of need and broadly advancing the medical profession in the state of Queensland.

Published: 11 Nov 2021