"State Government to support hospital inquiry
by Nick Ralston
October 15, 2007 05:50pm
THE NSW Government says it will support a proposed inquiry into Sydney's embattled Royal North Shore Hospital.
Christian Democrats MP Fred Nile said he would move tomorrow for a joint select committee to investigate the quality of patient care at the hospital.
It will be introduced three weeks to the day since Sydney woman Jana Horska miscarried in the hospital's emergency department toilet after waiting two hours for help.
Ms Horksa's ordeal prompted a flood of criticisms about patient care and budgeting at the hospital.
Mr Nile said the committee would look at clinical management systems, clinical staffing and organisation structures as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of resource allocation.
The committee will be made up of four government MPs, two opposition MPs and two crossbench MPs, including Mr Nile who will act as the independent chair.
It will consider any strategies or measures in place, or proposed, for improving care for patients across the NSW public hospital system.
It will report back by February 15 next year.
Premier Morris Iemma's office said the Government would support the inquiry.
"The Premier spoke to Mr Nile today and confirmed Labor would support the joint select committee inquiry," his office said."
February 15 is my birthday folks!!! Seems like a bit of synchronicty going on