NEWS RELEASE – Government of South Australia
Hon Jack Snelling MP Minister for Health
Tuesday, 8 August 2017
SA Pathology update
The proposed reconfiguration of SA Pathology has been suspended until mid-next year.
The State Government’s decision was made following extensive consultation with staff, industry bodies and unions.
The decision will ensure SA Pathology staff will be comfortable using new technologies at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and will also have full access to the Enterprise Pathology Laboratory Information System (EPLIS), prior to any significant changes.
Between now and mid-2018, SA Pathology will engage closely with staff to improve change processes and find the right balance between sustainable and high-quality pathology services in South Australia.
Following numerous staff forums and several periods of consultation, feedback significantly indicates further engagement is required to ensure the best possible outcome for staff, patients and the pathology system.
EPLIS will continue to be rolled out across pathology sites throughout 2017 and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital will open on September 5, 2017.
Quotes attributable to Health Minister Jack Snelling
The State Government and union bodies agree there are improvements that can be made within SA Pathology.
But with the move to the new RAH and the introduction of new state-of-the-art technology the time is not right at the moment.
Today’s announcement gives us more time for the new technology to be integrated into the health system and for staff to get settled at the new RAH.
A working group made up of clinicians, other staff and union delegates will now be set up to identify opportunities for efficiencies and a timeframe in which they can be achieved.
Labor is a strong government and we pride ourselves on listening to the feedback from our hard working medical staff and I think this decision further demonstrates that.
Quotes attributable to Dr Glenn Edwards, Pathology Director, SA Pathology
SA Pathology has a long history of providing superior pathology services for all South Australians.
To continue providing pathology services which complement our modern and innovative health system, a number of changes are needed across the organisation.
However, feedback indicates we need more discussion and review before any changes are implemented.
As we work to implement important changes such as the roll-out of EPLIS and new technologies at the new RAH, we will also engage with staff to develop a fresh vision for SA Pathology services in the future.
Quotes attributable to Sarah Andrews, SA Director, Professionals Australia,
Professionals Australia welcomes the State Government’s decision to properly resource SA Pathology with a full staffing allocation.
It is critical that South Australia invest in our medical science capability as a key economic driver and to support good health outcomes.
This is the right decision for South Australians; ensuring quality pathology services are available, while protecting jobs of hard working medical scientists.
We have worked hard with the Government and members of Professionals Australia to get the right outcome and we’re pleased that all our recommendations made through the consultation
process have been agreed.
Professionals Australia is committed to continue working with the Government, including through the newly established working group, to monitor progress and ensure that any further changes at SA Pathology are in the best interests of patients and the wider public