Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Princess Margaret Hospital staff morale review released

    10/06/2017 10:30 AM

    Health Minister Roger Cook will meet with staff at Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday (June 12) after a review identified significant morale issues.


    The review found no adverse safety and quality outcomes, however it suggested an increased risk if no action was taken.


    Last week, the Minister wrote to the Board of the Child and Adolescent Health Service, which runs the hospital, asking it to start the process of restoring morale.


    The Minister has expressed his deep concern about the content of the report, which highlighted issues around the provision of effective healthcare to Western Australians through a highly skilled workforce.


    The report noted that a lack of morale could cause erosion of faith in management, and potentially staff turnover, with a commensurate impact on patient services.


    Mr Cook will meet with staff at the hospital on Monday to let them, and families of patients know, the State Government is taking the matter extremely seriously.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "I've been Minister for Health for fewer than 100 days, and during that time, this issue of staff morale, and the risk it imposes on patient safety, and quality of care for the sickest children in our State, has been one of the most troubling issues that I have been presented with.


    "It is testament to all the committed staff at PMH - including management - that safety and quality has not been affected.


    "I have told the Board that I expect clear evidence that morale is improving and staff are again engaged appropriately by management, and will continue to act decisively if I see that this is slipping in any way as a priority. 


    "My role as Minister is to appoint the Board which is effectively the representative of the people of WA who can have confidence that it has acted quickly, decisively and correctly by putting quality care, safety, and staff wellbeing first.


    "I acknowledge this has been a very difficult time for management and staff, and express my thanks to the staff for their commitment to caring for our children when they need it the most.


    "I acknowledge the key role played by the AMA in highlighting the lack of clinical engagement and poor morale.


    "I will work with the AMA, and other stakeholders, to restore morale among the workforce at the hospital, and in ensuring a smooth transition to the Perth Children's Hospital."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500