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Women’s and Children’s Hospital Review

The South Australian Government has released its response to the recommendations of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Budget Performance Review.

The review, led by independent consultant firm Deloitte, focused on the performance and efficiency of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital services and included a six week public consultation period, which closed on 9 August 2013.

SA Health received 14 submissions during the consultation period, including comments, opinions and suggestions from the public, staff and the unions, which helped shape the response to the review.

SA Health has announced that seven recommendations will be adopted from the Deloitte Review.

Once implemented, the recommendations will result in savings of $16.72m and a reduction of up to 30 beds and 82 full time equivalent (FTE) positions by 2015-16.

In line with the current South Australian Government Policy, there will be no forced redundancies as a result of this process.

Staff reductions will be largely met as a result of natural attrition, by not replacing some positions as people leave or retire, and using fewer agency and temporary staff.

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital will work with staff to develop plans to implement the recommendations.

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital Budget Performance review follows the 2012 Hospital Budget Performance and Remediation Review undertaken across the Southern, Central and Northern Adelaide Local Health Networks (LHNs).

The SA Health’s Response to the Women’s and Children’s Health Network Hospital Budget Performance Review (September 2013) will assist to ensure that our services are performing efficiently and effectively, meeting the current and future needs of the state’s health system within the financial allocations provided.

Consultation feedback responses

SA Health considered feedback from staff, unions and public on the Women's and Children's Hospital Budget Performance Review (PDF 1.4MB).

You are able to review a selection of the feedback provided by those organisations which have given consent:

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