Auditor-General should audit compromised medical imaging department

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The ACT Speaker of the Assembly, Joy Burch MLA, should ask the ACT Auditor-General to conduct a performance audit of the medical imaging department at the Canberra Hospital, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said.

It was recently revealed that, in March, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists had reviewed the accreditation for training of future radiologists at the Canberra Hospital’s medical imaging department.

The preliminary report of that review made the dramatic recommendation that the accreditation be downgraded from Level A to Level D.  This was largely, but not only, due to a poor and politicised work culture.

“For 25 years the medical imaging department held the highest accreditation level.  Now the department is facing the prospect of a downgrade to the lowest level,” Mrs Dunne said.

“The toxic workplace culture in the medical imaging department has compromised the quality of training for Canberra’s future radiologists.

“It is obvious there are real problems in the way this department is operating, and this could compromise patient safety.

“Patients need medical imaging, such as MRI’s, CT scans and X-rays, for a variety of health reasons, many of which are life altering.

“For the experience and wellbeing of our trainee radiologists, as well as the safety of our patients, the government needs to put aside its pride and allow a full performance audit to be done.

“It is only through an independent audit of the department’s management, operations and services that we will see what improvements are needed to ensure they are safe and of the highest quality,” Mrs Dunne concluded.

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