New laws to put patient safety first

The Victorian Government is calling for comment on proposals to strengthen patient safety requirements in private hospitals and day procedure centres and crack down on dodgy unregulated cosmetic surgery.

A discussion paper has been prepared seeking views about updates required to modernise the Health Services (Private Hospitals & Day Procedure Centres) Regulations. These changes will hold all hospitals and day surgery centres to the same standard, so Victorians can receive safe procedures no matter where they have them.

The regulations support the Health Legislation Amendment (Quality & Safety) Act passed in Parliament in October 2017.

These tough new regulations will build on the requirements introduced for public health services as part of the Targeting Zero: supporting the Victorian hospital system to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care report by Dr Stephen Duckett in 2016.

The proposals will now require any medical or surgical procedure requiring the use of general anaesthesia or intravenous sedation to be undertaken in a registered hospital or day procedure centre.

Unregulated cosmetic surgery clinics has created serious patient safety risks and these changes will help us crack down on rogue providers and maintain a high level of quality and safety standards across the sector.

Under the changes, affected services would have the choice of:

  • Upgrading and registering the facilities with the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services
  • Using the services of a registered mobile anaesthetic or sedation service
  • Undertaking procedures in an existing registered facility.

Source: Vic Government