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Towards zero: Supporting the Victorian hospital system to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care Report of the Review of Hospital Safety and Quality Assurance in Victoria

18th October 2016 09:46am

On Friday 14 September,2016 the Minister for Health the Hon Jill Hennessy released the Report of the Review of Hospital Safety and Quality Assurance in Victoria (dubbed by many as the ‘Duckett review’) and the Victorian Government’s formal response to its recommendations. In doing so, Minister Hennessy announced the Government’s in-principle support for the review’s 178 recommendations along with an additional $13 million (on top of a $16.8 million budget allocation earlier this year) to support their implementation.

 

In summary the review panel has found that:

  •  the department’s oversight of hospitals is inadequate;
  •  the department’s overarching governance of hospitals is inadequate;
  •  the department’s support of safety and quality improvement has been inadequate; and
  •  the department has suffered a significant loss of capacity in recent years, impacting on its ability to adequately oversee safety and quality.

 

The review panel makes recommendations that aim to improve the information available to the department and health services, to improve health service board capacity, to improve the state’s incident management system and framework, and to introduce and streamline

a number of government bodies, committees and commissions.