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Hidden data, poor outcomes

Hidden data, poor outcomes

8 NOVEMBER, 2017 Inaccessible data Lack of policy Lack of accountability The health system is awash with fragmented data, that is not shared with patients, doctors and hospital managers. That is the opinion of the Gratten Institutes latest report Strengthening safety...
Florence in a private hospital

Florence in a private hospital

How much has changed since the 19th Century?   Florence Nightingale though she had her hands full, trying to reform nineteenth century English hospitals. Run down hospitals, drunken unskilled nursing aids, surgeons who refused to wash their hands and patients left...
Manipulated waiting lists

Manipulated waiting lists

Manipulated waiting lists   The ongoing outcry about more funding desperately needed for struggling Australian hospitals may be somewhat of a red herring.  According to a wide range of unconnected sources, waiting lists in some public hospitals are sometimes being...
Private dissatisfaction

Private dissatisfaction

The ‘Harley street specialist’ model of medicine does not belong in the 21st century   A new survey released today has found only half of people with private health insurance are clear about what their policy covers. Only one in four finds it easy to...
Nurse whistleblowers

Nurse whistleblowers

Nursing whistle blowers Toni Hoffernam is a senior nurse who blew the whistle on surgeon Mr Jayant Patel while working at Bundaberg hospital, in Queensland. She originally began to raise doubts about the ability of Mr Patel after a high number of patients experienced...
Health care industry cover ups

Health care industry cover ups

Health care industry cover ups If you are interested in reading about the history of private healthcare, start with Michael Wynne’s astonishing site Corporate Health Care. Michael came from a Medical Family and graduated in Medicine from Capetown University in...
Paying for errors

Paying for errors

12 SEPTERMBER, 2015 Private insurers wanting value for money Comprehensive reports kept from public scrutiny Private health sector resisting reform Private hospitals are try to defend the right to receive payments when patients fall victim to preventable errors. Their...
Hospital errors and secrecy

Hospital errors and secrecy

3 SEPTEMBER, 2014 Bureaucratic reports Actual numbers Politics Hospital errors, the hidden death toll Australian’s are accustomed to hearing from politicians that they have the ‘best health systems in the world’. It is routinely declared to be ‘safe and affordable’....
Taking risks in Recovery

Taking risks in Recovery

31 AUGUST, 2015 Lack of accountability Lack of safe staffing levels Avoidable errors Hospitals should not take unnecessary risks by cutting staff in Recovery Accreditation for hospitals and nursing homes follows a simplistic, sometimes irrelevant approach. Things...