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Review governing suspension of health practitioners

An independent review looking at appropriate circumstances for suspending a clinician or healthcare worker from duty has been released.

The Review of Procedures Associated with the Suspension or Termination of Health Practitioner Employment across SA Health (PDF 595KB) was undertaken by Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Warren McCann.

The review recognises SA Health’s duty of care to its patients, clients and staff, which may require actions to be taken to ensure their wellbeing, including on occasion suspending a health practitioner from duty.

Advice on how this should best occur, while still ensuring the safety of the public and the rights of health practitioners are protected, is included in the report.

SA’s Health current policies, procedures and processes associated with suspension and termination were considered as part of the review.

A number of ways to strengthen and improve these policies were identified to ensure consistency across the public health system.

Review's recommendations

The review’s recommendations include implementation of overarching procedures across SA Health to guide the process of managing all potentially serious complaints from start to finish.

The review also recommended further work around the formal documentation of roles, protocols and notification requirements between SA Health and external agencies.

It also reiterated that health practitioners must be given reasonable opportunity to provide a submission about any intended action.

SA Health will now consider all of the recommendations and seek to implement them into formal policies.

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