Peel Health Campus COO resigns, predicting ‘ultimate catastrophe’

September 27th, 2012 by: admin

Thursday 27 Sep 2012

Despite damning accusations from the outgoing Peel Health Campus Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Barnett Government is considering extending the private operator’s contract to 60 years, Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook said today.

Mr Cook said current COO Ashton Foley recently resigned amid what she described to local media as ‘inadequate leadership and governance’ and a ‘dysfunctional board’, making her the seventh COO or CEO to resign since 2010.

“Ms Foley made some serious accusations relating to the management of the Campus,” he said.

“Even more concerning, she identified potential threats to patient care and safety.

“Ms Foley accused the campus of ‘cutting corners at every chance’ and suggested ‘someone is going to pay the price and (this) could be lethal’.

“Her claims follow continuing exodus of staff that identified a range of serious mismanagement issues including interference, dysfunction and compromised patient care.

“There are now potential doubts over patient safety at this hospital and the Barnett Government must investigate these claims.”

Mr Cook said it was inconceivable the Barnett Government could even discuss the extension of the Health Solutions contract when the hospital’s management is in an apparent state of chaos.

“Ms Foley said the campus would experience an ‘ultimate catastrophe’ if the private operator continued to cut corners,” he said.

“There is no way Health Minister Kim Hames should consider extending the operating contract in this environment.”

Mr Cook said Ms Foley’s departure was disturbing and cast a pall over the administration of the hospital.

“I am particularly concerned for the people of Mandurah and the Peel Region,” he said.

“They deserve the best hospital care available and it is clear from the comments of ex-staff that this is just not the case.”

Mr Cook said in Parliament this week, Dr Hames refused to rule out rolling over the hospital contract to the existing operator, which would prevent other companies from bidding for the contract.

“Dr Hames confirmed he was considering simply extending the existing contract and that doing so was a real option,” he said.

“This approach is an insult to the people of Mandurah and the Peel Region.

“The absurdity of this approach is that competition within the Barnett Government’s privatisation program could actually be reduced.

“Why is the Minister now contemplating ignoring the competitive process?”


Media contact: Roger Cook 0400 211 892


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