The Liberals Jeremy Hanson has the worrying news that process seems to have broken down for elective surgery:
70 per cent of the Canberra Hospital’s elective surgery admission requests are not properly authorised, according to information obtained by the Canberra Liberals. ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson said a Freedom of Information request shows that the ACT Labor Government has failed to act on a damning 2011 Auditor General finding that there are ‘ad hoc processes for managing the waiting lists.’
“According to an internal Canberra Hospital audit, seven of the ten audited request for admission forms weren’t signed by either the patient or the surgeon, in a serious breach of procedure,” Mr Hanson said today.
“Katy Gallagher has clearly failed to act on the Auditor General’s warning last year that there were serious deficiencies in elective surgery management, and she should now explain why.
We hope, if they are making it up as they go along, that no money is changing hands to bump up the lists.