groupCathy Balding

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October 2015 brought sombre news for Australian healthcare – another health service inquiry into poor care, this one concerning the deaths and stillbirths of a number of babies in a Victorian regional hospital. It’s caused me to reflect again about what is at the heart of our failure to guarantee safe, quality care for our consumers. An extract from the 16/10/15 Djerriwarrh Health Services (DjHS) media release1 stated: ‘A comprehensive, independent investigation of 11 cases at DjHS between 2013 and early this year found a series of failures and deficiencies may have contributed to the deaths of up to seven babies…Djerriwarrh has, in consultation with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, initiated all possible measures to reinforce the safety of its maternity and newborn services.’

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