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Changing the culture in healthcare - part 2 : Comments

By Brian Holden, published 24/10/2007

The community must become deeply involved in the provision of a safer health service.

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TOP paper Brian Holden. Every word you write is true. And, it is the safety of ALL (workers + public) that is so concerning. (Oh for the mess).

Please Brian, don't forget to write Part Two. If the forum is quiet at present, I expect our usual OLO population might have already gone to the Elections blogs on the main media sites. Otherwise perhaps, maybe they are over it.

I have saved your article because it is so clearly stated. From my own perpective you hit the core.

I will link this to my website, with your next article when it arrives.

Good ON U.

http://www.miacat.com
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Posted by miacat, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 9:40:22 PM
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Brian. I agree that what you say is so true. My family had some problems when my son was born in a public hospital that resulted in him having a disability http://www.medneg.com.au/erbs_palsy.html.

It was costing us so much in therapy and the like and pretty much every single failure fitted our situation so we requested documents under FOI to see if we could sue so as to at least get some money to be able to afford to provide my son with the therapy that he needed in order to ensure that his disability didnít get worse as we struggled to cope. In the documents there are no entries that show what happened at the birth. There is also a whole day missing and there is a lot of information missing in relation to his actual birth weight and what happened.

The Solicitor said that since the documents were not complete we couldn't sue and there was nothing we could do.

Recently we have had reason to request documents under FOI with regard to another Government Department that involves my family and were once again told that Government Departments are not required to produce documents in any particular form. This means that the documents do not have to be complete and/or signed. It is also a fact that they can destroy documents and there is nothing you can do about it as apparently they cannot produce documents that they havenít got.

When there is no requirement that record keeping be kept in a certain style and there is no requirement that documents that are produced follow record keeping rules that means that they can present whatever picture they want to present and they do.

It seems that protection of the system is their only concern
Posted by Jolanda, Monday, 29 October 2007 4:58:53 PM
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