Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Quality improvement plan for hospitals

27 September 2001 Media Statement

Quality improvement plan for hospitals to be developed


A practical, action-focused paper on ways to improve safety and quality in public hospitals was released for public discussion by Health Minister Annette King today.

"This paper takes a 'bottom up' approach to developing better quality," says Mrs King.

"It recognises that the health professionals themselves are in the best position to develop a practical action plan to improve quality. This paper presents them with an opportunity to do just that, in collaboration with patient advocates and management."

The paper, produced by an ad hoc group including clinicians, managers and a patient advocate, identifies a range of activities to improve safety and quality.

It proposes the establishment of clinical boards within hospitals, elected by the clinical staff, to oversee clinical policy and planning. It discusses ways to improve communication and team-work within the hospital and to develop partnerships between clinicians and the community.

"While the paper discusses ways to enable nurses and doctors to have more say on how hospital services are delivered, it also looks at ways to develop more openness and accountability," says Mrs King. "At the same time it is important to move away from the 'blame culture' that we seem to have adopted when things go wrong. We must develop a more cooperative 'safety culture' that encourages more open reporting.

"This paper complements the National Health Committee's broader focused quality improvement strategy discussion document released earlier this week," says Mrs King. "The resulting strategy will also complement the new standards regime that will be introduced next year after the passing of the Health and Disability (Safety) Bill."

Submissions on the discussion paper are being sought from individuals and organisations within the hospital sector, as well as from professional bodies and patient advocacy services. Feedback will be used in the development of a quality improvement strategy early next year.

NB: The paper is available on the Ministry of Health's web site: www.moh.govt.nz


ENDS




© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Sir Michael Cullen’s Tax Reform

To ordinary wage and salary earners who (a) watch a slice of their gross income being taxed every week via PAYE and who also (b) pay GST on every single thing they buy, there has been something quite surreal about the centre-right’s angry and anguished reactions to the Tax Working Group’s final report... More>>

 
 

89 Cents An Hour: Govt Plans Fix For Minimum Wage For People With Disabilities

IHC is delighted that the Government is looking into replacing the Minimum Wage Exemption (MWE) with a wage supplement to ensure people with disabilities are paid at least the minimum wage. More>>

ALSO:

Te Waihanga: New Independent Commission To Tackle Infrastructure Issues

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga – will be established as an Autonomous Crown Entity to carry out two broad functions – strategy and planning and procurement and delivery support. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Action Against Poverty: Motels Profit From Housing Crisis

A single motel which charges up to $1,500 per week per room has received over $3 million worth of Government funds to provide emergency assistance, despite never having a Code Compliance Certificate – an offence under the Building Act – and receiving a series of longstanding complaints from occupants... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Alleged China Relations Crisis

If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs... More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>

ALSO:

Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>

ALSO:

Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels