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ACT hospitals worst in the country, Katy says it’s not fair.

By johnboy 6 September 2011 21

The ABC has a story on the COAG reform council finding the ACT is the worst performing jurisdiction for elective surgery.

This is going to cost the ACT nearly a million dollars in bonus funding.

Chief Minister Gallagher is complaining about the unfairness of it all:

Ms Gallagher says she has told Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon she thinks the system is unfair.

“I did write to Nicola Roxon saying when you look at how we performed and that if we modelled a different scenario we could have met those targets, and that’s unfair,” he said.

“I think we should still have access to the reward funding based on the work we’ve been doing and the good results we’ve got.”

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gun street girl 5:07 pm 12 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

milkman said :

Exactly – throwing more money blindly is a foolish approach. We need to be smarter, or at least have people with better financial brains controlling the use of the resources.

They need to introduce some real managers into the health systems. Doctors, and even nurses, are not particularly good managers (in general). Such a complex entity needs pretty skillful people at the helm, and doctors should be working within it, not running it.

Most CEOs of ACT Health have not been doctors – it’s a bit of a stretch to assume doctors are running the system in that sense. Whilst the current incumbent is a psychiatrist, her predecessors were from wide range of health professions. Mark Cormack, the previous CEO, whose management legacy we are still living with, was an occupational therapist, I believe. Nonetheless, I agree that professional managers with adequate understanding and insight into the system are preferable to appointing a healthcare professional without management skills and/or experience.

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