Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says she’s pleased an Inquiry will be conducted into the delivery of services at Goulburn Valley Health, after raising concerns in Parliament today.
Ms Sheed called on the Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley to immediately intervene, following allegations Goulburn Valley Health’s child and adolescent mental health service had “hit rock bottom”.
Ms Sheed said allegations appeared in the media last week, claiming a substantial loss of staff, resulting from a culture of bullying, intimidation and low morale.
“I am aware health professionals in the community have been raising concerns about the quality of care for a number of years. Attempts at advocacy and dialogue were ignored,” Ms Sheed said.
“However, these issues often raise questions relating to governance, supervision and the culture of an entire organization,” she said.
“Minister Foley said he was aware of significant staffing changes at the mental health service, through regular Department of Health and Human Service reviews, and has since asked for a review through the Independent Office of the Chief Psychiatrist.
“He said while he’s confident the delivery of the child and adolescent mental health service is at capacity, he acknowledged there are clear concerns regarding its performance on a wider scale,” Ms Sheed said.
Minister Foley said the Chief Medical Officer will be visiting Goulburn Valley Health tomorrow, as an Inquiry gets underway into the delivery of health services.
“This is to ensure there is a full investigation into the allegations made last week,” Ms Sheed said.
“The Minister advised that the Inquiry will be dealt with by lawyer Susan Zeitz, who recently undertook a similar investigation at Ballarat Health.”
Ms Sheed’s question follows issues raised by the Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell in the Upper House recently about the performance of Goulburn Valley Health, in relation to its Emergency Department.
Recently released Victorian Health Services Performance Data showed that for the third quarter in a row GV Health’s Shepparton campus Emergency Department continued to be the worst performing in the State.
“I have been concerned for some time that the publicly available data and issues raised directly with me by members of the community, suggests these problems are not just about the need for infrastructure but go to culture and governance issues also,” Ms Sheed said.
“I look forward to seeing the final results of the Inquiry.”
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