A damning report on Tasmania’s health system and the re-development of the Royal Hobart Hospital has been prepared by the Commission on Delivery of Health Services in Tasmania. Released on 5 May 2014, the Report recommends a shared service arrangement and shared ICT systems.
Recommendation 12 of the Report is that “a business case be developed for a shared service entity to provide functions (including but not limited to supplies, equipment, payroll, finance operations, business systems, procurement services, asset management services and a shared information technology system) to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Tasmanian Health Organisations, in a cost-effective, efficient and integrated fashion.”
Tasmania’s Health Minister Michael Ferguson said in a press release that he was appalled at some of the problems revealed by the Report. “The Commission has levelled serious criticisms at the governance of the Tasmanian health system and recommends that the redevelopment of the Royal Hobart Hospital be placed on hold,” Mr Ferguson said.
The DHHS was already under pressure with their ICT program following a refusal of funding by the ICT Policy Board for an ICT Infrastructure Stabilisation Program in October 2013.