Baragwaneth Hospital, probably the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world, is in pain. With some 3 200 beds and 6 700 staff members it has one broken X-ray machine that hasn’t been fixed, one broken CT scanner and one other CT scanner that is in the process of failure through work overload, per this M & G on-line report. Obviously this has a negative effect on patient care and staff morale.
Why do I have a sense of deja vu? The reason is that No 1 Military hospital had a similar problem of equipment not being repaired. These events may be symptomatic of the state of many of our hospitals and the state of their equipment and evidence at the very least, of a systemic functional break-down in some of our major hospitals. Not very comforting.
The problem should not be one of money but probably is administrative in nature – things not being done, orders not being placed, inadequate follow up from inception to payment. The CT scanner at Bara apparently is not being fixed because of an overdue account with the suppliers. Why should they incur the cost of repair when they are not being paid for previous work? This begs the question; why is the administration not functioning? Why are accounts not paid?
The Direct Democracy Forum believe that these sorts of failures are top down in nature. That is; if the minister of health does not expect the director general to do his or her job, who in turn does not expect his or her managers to do their jobs, who do not expect the executives of hospitals they are responsible for to do their jobs, there is no incentive for anyone to do their jobs, to see that accounts are paid correctly and on time. It is insidious, like a cancer at work in the body of a patient, and the patient, in this case Bara Hospital, is in pain and is seriously dysfunctional.
A DDF administration will ensure that the whole chain of authority, from the minister down to the lowliest worker in every state hospital in the land, knows what is expected of them and will perform and be functional or be fired.
Patient care cannot suffer from administrative dysfunction, whatever the cause. A DDF administration will install a system where the patient comes first in the national health service, where equipment is maintained in a functional state, where orders are placed on time and medicines are available for medical staff to prescribe and dispensaries to dispense and where accounts are paid on time and where breakdowns are fixed in time, all for the benefit of the system’s patients. Because serving the patient base is the only reason for the existence of a national health system any part of that system which does not deliver on that obligation no longer has a reason to be a part of the system.
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