Sunday, December 11, 2011
Here Are Some Weasel Words To Make One Absolutely Cringe As Tassie Health Swings an Axe at E-Health! How Did I Almost Miss This!
The Google alert system spotted this for me early this week. It has been around for a few days.
As I read I just became more and more amazed at the brazen spin I found myself reading.
Acting Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services - Tasmania
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
The Department of Health and Human Services is to restructure its use of information technology to improve services to patients and clients.
Acting Secretary Greg Johannes said the plan to restructure the DHHS Care and Business Solutions branch had been under discussion with staff and unions for several weeks.
The plan was further communicated to affected staff today and would be refined through consultation over coming weeks.
“There are a number of important national reforms being rolled out, and how we use information technology to enable eHealth will be a key part of making sure the reforms are successful.
“In order to play our part in reform, we need to make sure our use of information technology and associated staff resources is innovative and responsive to the needs of patients and clients.
“By its nature, information technology has to be cutting edge and innovative – so the staff structures we use should mirror that.
“The structural changes communicated today will help make our organisation more efficient and more sustainable, while delivering required budget savings.
Mr Johannes said staff and unions have been consulted through the review process.
“We have taken a measured and planned approach and will have a leaner structure that will focus on essential services for Tasmanians.
Mr Johannes said that the restructure mainly affected the Care and Business Solutions branch, which on the first of October 2011 employed 67 staff.
The new structure will see a net reduction in full-time equivalent positions of up to 42 positions.
The Care and Business Solutions branch has traditionally been responsible for project delivery and consultancy services across the Agency.
“It’s also important to bear in mind that some staff will be able to be transferred and others may leave voluntarily – so the final number of impacted staff is still to be determined.”
Mr Johannes said that the restructure also opened up a number of opportunities for staff which would be explored further.
“We anticipate that some current staff will not have a position in the new structure, and we will work hard to redeploy staff across the State Service as quickly as possible.”
The full release is found here:
Now let us parse what is actually being said here. The key points are:
1. We have taken the axe to our Care and Business Solutions Branch.
2. The reduction in staff will be 63% i.e. only 37% of the staff will remain.
3. These changes will make the Branch sustainable
4. We have decided to focus on essential services.
5. Losing 63% of our staff will save money and at the same time make everything more efficient.
There are only two conclusions that can be drawn from this. One is that the Branch was grossly overstaffed and management simply did not notice or two is that we are going to stop providing at least half the services we used to (implying they were not needed).
In a time when we are apparently seeing a transition to the use of more e-Health to try and preserve front line services and improve safety and efficiency this is a just appalling and more shockingly transparent piece of political spin.
No wonder the Minister does not have their name attached to such a stinking piece of rotten fish.
This was not a restructure - it is an out and out massacre!
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Sunday, December 11, 2011