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Staffing and oversight issues have forced a major hospital to cut back on surgeries

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“A further visit was carried out in June this year and in August ANZCA informed the hospital that the hospital’s accreditation was under review,” the college said.

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“Since then, the hospital has been working with ANZCA to address staffing and supervision issues. The hospital is accredited for 2023.”

The leak describes the college’s recommendations from early August that the anesthesia department could “immediately meet the maintenance and training requirements” of existing staff by reducing services.

LNP health spokesman Ross Bates told parliament that the impact of any loss of accreditation would be that surgery lists would be “reduced” and “junior doctors would potentially be left without a place to train”.

Earlier, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath responded to questions about the email to say the hospital had received feedback on trainee workloads and consultant numbers following a “routine” visit last year.

D’At stared down another day the opposition calls for her resignation on the issue on Thursday, when Labor called for Bates to also be stripped of her role for comments – not recorded in the parliamentary transcript – the government claimed she made about regional health workers.

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A spokesman for Metro South, the public health body responsible for the site, said the teaching hospital had recently recruited an extra five anesthetists – the equivalent of 1.75 full-time roles – through two rounds of recruitment, with a third to come.

A spokesman said 35 anesthetists were being trained at the hospital.

They will not answer questions about conditions that may be associated with the level of accreditation or the operation.

“Beginning in August 2022, Pennsylvania Hospital continues to increase surgical operations,” the spokesperson said. Queensland Health has appealed for comment.

​​​​​​While the exact changes to surgical rates are unclear, an internal email stated that due to the “recent termination of intermediate care” in September, these services have been extended until the end of March 2023, when they will be replaced by ” state”. sessions”.

Four Metro South anesthesia units also found the method used to determine the number of staff needed at all sites was “flawed” and would require an additional $2.5 million in salary to treat the same number of patients.

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