The Health Department says hospitals are gearing up for the new year with a number of changes to the way they will look and function in 2018.
The Department of Health announced the change in March with the launch of the Health and Safety Service (HSAS) to oversee hospitals and ensure their safety and the safety of staff.
Health Minister Aydın Akın told the ABC the change is intended to improve the safety and security of hospital staff.”HSAS has now been extended to cover all healthcare establishments and all institutions that use hospitals as their primary health centre,” she said.
“This means hospitals can now provide more information about patients and patients’ families, and also access the internet, for example.”
We are going to extend the role of the Chief Medical Officer to all hospitals.
We will now have the role and responsibility of ensuring that the safety, the security and the welfare of all staff are in full compliance with the law and our constitution.
“Aydır said the Department of Public Health would be leading the transition.”
The Government will be leading this transition, and the public health will be a big part of it,” she added.
Health experts say the change will also mean hospitals will be able more quickly and easily implement new policies.”
It’s the first time that we’ve seen a complete reorganisation of the HSS so that it’s really much more like a hospital and hospital staff can do their jobs as a team and work together with one another,” Dr Mark Hutton, a senior lecturer in public health at the University of Queensland, told the BBC.”
So there will be more communication between the various agencies, so we’ll be able see how things are going with the HST and that will make for a lot more efficient care for patients.
“Hutton said the change could lead to better patient outcomes, as hospitals would now have more control over the health of their staff.
Dr Helen Scott, a consultant in clinical social work and a clinical lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Australian National University, said she was encouraged by the announcement.”
I think that’s an exciting step forward because it’s so important to have an understanding of the health care environment, and I think it’s going to be a good thing for the health systems and the health system-wide,” she told the Nine Network.”
And also to know where the money is coming from and what is actually going on, and whether that is being spent appropriately and how that is going to impact patients.