Sunday, October 09, 2016

One Gets The Feeling We Are Not Going To See The Contract For Telstra Health To Deliver The NCRS Honoured.

This appeared last week:
7 Oct 2016 - 11:06am

Fears Senate will delay new cancer test

It's feared women could face a two-month wait for pap test results if the Senate delays legislation for a new cervical cancer screening register.
Source:
AAP 7 Oct 2016 - 11:06 AM  UPDATED YESTERDAY 11:06 AM
The doctor overseeing the introduction of Australia's new cervical cancer test is warning politicians to butt out amid fears it could be delayed by the federal opposition.
From May 1, the two-yearly pap test will be replaced by an improved five-yearly cervical screening test administered by one national register, along with the bowel cancer screening program.
But that start date might be in jeopardy, with warnings that could cause chaos for pathologists and create delays for women waiting on test results.
Labor has announced a string of amendments to the legislation, several of which have been recommended by Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim, including limits on what Medicare and pharmaceutical data the register can access.
Telstra Health won the contract to run the register, and Labor is concerned about patients' sensitive medical data being handed to a for-profit company.
One of its amendments seeks to ensure only government or a non-profit can run the register.
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There is also this:
6 Oct 2016 - 10:42pm

Labor rejects Telstra-run cancer register

Labor are worried about a for-profit company running the new cervical cancer screening register. (AAP)
Federal Labor is trying to ensure only government or not-for-profits can run the new cervical cancer screening register despite Telstra having won the contract.
Source: AAP
6 Oct 2016 - 10:42 PM  UPDATED YESTERDAY 10:42 PM
Federal Labor is demanding a string of changes to the way Australia's new cervical cancer screening program is to be rolled out, insisting it's been "bungled" by the government.
From May 1, the two-yearly Pap test will be replaced by an improved five-yearly cervical screening test administered by one national register, along with the bowel cancer screening program.
Telstra Health has won the contract to run the register but Labor and doctors' groups are concerned about a for-profit company having access to sensitive medical data.
Labor will seek to amend the legislation to ensure only the government or a not-for-profit can run the register.
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What is important to note is the following:

National Cancer Screening Register Bill 2016 and National Cancer Screening Register (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2016

On 13 September 2016, the Senate referred the National Cancer Screening Register Bill 2016 and the National Cancer Screening Register (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2016 to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report.
Submissions were sought by 22 September 2016. The reporting date is 11 October 2016.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515
Fax: +61 2 6277 5829
community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au
Here is the link:
You can read all the submissions here:
It will be very interesting to see the outcome of the enquiry and to see what happens next.
David.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

David, having read the Submissions which make many good points the standout Submission and a must read is the AMA's. I hope you and your readers agree.

Anonymous said...

The AMA make a reasonable case but not a great argument. I would be more comfortable knowing an independent oversight group was in place along with appropriate ethics committee(s). I also believe the Deprtment of Human Services did not peruse the contract.

I am somewhat puzzled why the ADHA is not operating this, is it not their mandate to run national systems, develop specification and standards? Or was this part of a package deal? Seems odd that certain appointments to prominent roles were agreed around the same time.

Telstra would be better positioned to take messaging into the future, they have the fixed line and mobile infrastructure expertise and they own have the problem as well.

Anonymous said...

Transparency in Government and big business, always as clear as mud

Bernard Robertson-Dunn said...

IMHO, healthcare is too serious a matter to be run by government managers and administrators with a centralist, command and control mentality. At best they should stick to regulation and safety. Funding should be on a needs basis.

Anonymous said...

I think the Telstra contract is corporate welfare, so lets hope it gets canned. The bureaucrats want a "big" organisation over experience and ability, which Telstra, just like DOHA is very short on. Telstra need to demonstrate some actual success before they are given 100's of millions of dollars to implement something they have no experience in. Just like NEHTA they have no runs on the board, but it seems that is irrelevant in the rarefied air in Canberra.

Anonymous said...

The ADHA should run this? We would get a solution that works as well as myHR/PCEHR ... great idea!!

Anonymous said...

Anon October 10, 6:37 am. if you look at the Budget Estimates 2016/17 - Digital Health Agency Resource Statement. I was simply stating a summary of the intended purpose of ADHA.