Comment on Report of the Auditor General – Performance of Tasmania’s four major hospitals in the delivery of Emergency Department services

MEDIA RELEASE

CENA comment on Report of the Auditor General – Performance of Tasmania’s four major hospitals in the delivery of

Emergency Department services

 May 2019

Last month the Auditor General released a report on the Performance of Tasmania’s four major hospitals in the delivery of Emergency Department services.  The report can be found at this link https://www.audit.tas.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/Report-No11-Emergency-Department-Services-Full-Report.pdf

CENA believes that there are many positive aspects to the healthcare model in Tasmania, however, as with any healthcare system, there are opportunities for improvement and several items raised in the Auditor-General’s report are certainly in harmony with concerns previously raised by the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) and its members. The CENA Tasmanian branch has previously made a submission to the Legislative Council’s Inquiry into Acute Health Services in Tasmania (which echoes many similar points raised in this current report by the Tasmanian Audit Office) and are looking forward to the Legislative Council’s final report. All four major public hospitals in Tasmania are facing the same challenges such as access block, ED crowding, ambulance ramping, increasing patient acuity, reduced access to other services such as mental health and difficulty with recruitment and retention of nursing staff – and these challenges also impact on the emergency care that can be provided in the smaller district hospitals and other services.

CENA supports the position of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine in relation to the Auditor General’s report and agree that engagement with both nursing and medical leaders will be critical to improving patient outcomes. Any sustainable changes to be made to improve access to emergency care and ultimately improve the Tasmanian health care system will require a long-term nonpartisan commitment from all key stakeholders.

As the peak professional organisation representing emergency nurses in Australia, CENA is committed to working with the key stakeholders to drive improvement. CENA believes it is important to continue to hold our healthcare system to high operational and practice standards that protects emergency nurses, doctors, administrative and support staff and other healthcare workers and ensures ongoing safety, improvements and outcomes for patients and the communities we serve. Emergency nurses have always been and continue to be committed to providing safe and high-quality patient care despite the current challenges of the health care system.

For additional information please contact CENA.

03 6231 2722

national@cena.org.au

Please click HERE to read the CENA Statement

Please click HERE to read Submission to the Legislative Council Government Administration