Teaching hospital planning: A case study and the need for reform

Davis, Christopher K. and Smith, Harry (2010) Teaching hospital planning: A case study and the need for reform. Medical Journal of Australia, 193 4: 229-232.

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Author Davis, Christopher K.
Smith, Harry
Title Teaching hospital planning: A case study and the need for reform
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 2010-08-16
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 193
Issue 4
Start page 229
End page 232
Total pages 4
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, N.S.W., Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
• Academic teaching hospitals and their networks can best serve patients and other stakeholders by achieving critical mass and scope of clinical services, teaching and research.
• Successful hospital reconfigurations are associated with a convincing case and majority clinician buy-in.
• The inscrutable political decision to relocate services away from a major teaching hospital campus and into a merged Queensland Children's Hospital was determined without broad stakeholder consultation or a transparent and accountable business case.
• This compromised process poses a significant and enduring risk to patient care and Queensland's paediatric, perinatal, adolescent and obstetric academic teaching hospital services.
• As the proposed major stakeholder in Australia's public hospitals and medical workforce training, the federal government should review this decision using an effective methodology incorporating relevant criteria.
• National guidelines are needed to ensure best practice in the future planning and auditing of major health care projects.
• The medical profession is responsible for ensuring that health care policy complies with reliable evidence and good practice.
© The Medical Journal of Australia 2010.
Keyword Teaching hospital
Health care reform
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
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