Expert panel to oversee hospital safety

A new chief medical officer has been appointed in Victoria, as a new panel is launched in the wake of the Bacchus Marsh Hospital crisis.

Cardiologist Associate Professor Andrew Wilson has taken on the newly created role in order to strengthen hospital safety throughout the state.

He will work with Better Care Victoria, the Clinical Networks and Clinical Consultative Councils.

Doctor Stephen Duckett, the director of health programs at the Grattan Institute, will chair the panel. A health program director throughout Australia and Canada, Dr Duckett will consult with experts in hospital safety and prepare a report about the necessary areas of improvement to the government later this year.

The changes come after an investigation into a spike in potentially avoidable baby deaths at the Bacchus Marsh hospital between 2013 and 2014.

Doctor John Ballard, who in October was appointed to the board as a delegate of Health Minister Jill Hennessy, said the appointment of Associate Professor Wilson and the new expert panel was welcomed.

“Change is already well underway at Djerriwarrh Health Services, and we see these State-level appointments as a further step to ensuring the right systems, clinical governance and processes are in place to support all healthcare professionals in developing and delivering high quality, safe care,” he said.

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