McGowan Govt Releases Review Into Health Services In Western Australia

McGowan Govt Releases Review Into Health Services In Western Australia

Western Australia Minister for Health Roger Cook

Safety And Quality Top Of Agenda For Western Australia Health System

Victor P Taffa

  • International expert, Professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor, commissioned to review safety and quality across WA’s public health system
  • Quality and safety a top Government priority, fundamental to delivering world-class healthcare
  • Review’s findings and recommendations made public to drive continuous improvement

State Government has today released a wide-ranging review into the safety and quality of public health services and hospitals in Western Australia.

“Western Australia has a good record of health safety and quality, but we must constantly strive to deliver the best outcomes for our patients and the community.” Minister for Health Roger Cook said.


“Health is operating in an era of significant change as a result of advances in technology and research, and our Sustainable Health Review announced last month will deliver a patient first, innovative and sustainable health system for all Western Australians.”

Review was commissioned by the Director General of Health earlier this year, and undertaken by UK expert Professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor.

Professor Mascie-Taylor is Executive Medical Director EY UK and Ireland; former Medical Director of the NHS Confederation; Medical Director of Monitor; Executive Medical Director Leeds Teaching Hospitals; and Trust Special Administrator of Mid-Staffordshire Foundation Trust.

Review was commissioned in recognition of the need for continuous improvement in safety and quality, and of the need for assurance processes to be safeguarded in times of system change.

“Delivering safe and high quality care is a central and critical focus of the Western Australian health system now and into the future.” Director General of Health Dr. D J Russell-Weisz said.

“Professor Mascie-Taylor has made several recommendations for the system to build on its successes based on sound principles of clinical governance.”

Department of Health, and Health Service Providers, will work together to address all recommendations of the review over the coming 12 to 18 months.