RACP visits LGH in relation to training accreditation downgrade

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians this week visited the Launceston General Hospital in relation to its training accreditation.

The hospital was downgraded from a level three to a level two, following a visit from the college last December.

That was followed on August 4 by the college withdrawing psychiatric training accreditation at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

The Tasmanian Health Service appealed the college’s decision to downgrade the LGH’s accreditation earlier this year. However, the downgrade remained in place following a review.

Since then, Health Minister Michael Ferguson has become involved. He said college representatives this week visited the hospital and “agreed to work with the LGH to develop a plan to restore its level three accreditation from its current level two status”.

“As part of the plan, the LGH will recruit two endocrinologists and two neurologists to provide support to other specialists and trainees.”

Mr Ferguson said the LGH and the THS would continue to work with the college to “ensure the training criteria is met for the hospital”.

“Recruiting specialist staff is difficult and regions around the country are having to look for new and innovative ways to attract and retain staff.”