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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
WA Health Minister Dr Kim Hames should examine the performance of Serco and the contract for sterilisation services at Fiona Stanley Hospital, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said today.
“If there is any doubt about Serco’s expertise or experience in this area, the contract should be cancelled immediately,” AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said.
“If the Minister decides to cancel the sterilisation contract and hand responsibility for sterilisation to the Health Department and Fiona Stanley Hospital, he would have the AMA’s strong support.
“There is increasing public concern about the contract standards at FSH, many of them based on the problems around Serco and the sterilisation service.
“Public reputation is hard won but easily lost. Public confidence about the standard of health care of FSH is being weakened by the performance of Serco and this cannot be allowed to continue.
“It was also time to examine the process under which Serco was granted the sterilisation contract.
“The awarding of this particular contract has to be reviewed. Who was responsible for awarding the contract to a company that had, we understand, absolutely no experience in this area?
Dr Gannon said it was vital that the Health Department conduct an audit on all other contracts held by Serco at FSH.
“It is now time to examine Serco’s role at FSH. They do not have the skills or the expertise to run the sterilisation service at FSH and we therefore have severe doubts they have the skills necessary to run other services,” he said.
“If there are any doubts about other contracts the Health Department must seriously consider removing Serco from those areas.
“It is vital that public confidence about the quality of care and patient safety at FSH be at the forefront of any decisions,” Dr Gannon said.