The Health Department is in for a major reshuffle.
Health Minister Sarah Courtney and Health Department secretary Katherine Morgan-Wicks announced on Tuesday the new streamlined executive structure would strength local decision-making and accountability.
"It empowers local leadership, it removes bureaucracy, and it ensures that we have accountability within our health system," Ms Courtney said.
"The new structure also responds to recommendations made in recent reports of the Auditor-General, and will be instrumental in helping us to deliver the step-change we need to build a better health system."
The executive positions in place will be abolished and redesigned, with the standalone THS executive position to be completely abolished.
The operations executive director in each region will be renamed chief executive hospital north and north-west or south.
The new role of deputy secretary community, mental health and wellbeing will be responsible for key community-facing health services including Ambulance Tasmania, mental health, and public health.
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The new role of business improvement and reform executive director would oversee implementation of key health reform projects.
The role of the office of the secretary director will be broadened to strengthen support for the secretary in corporate governance, risk, legal, audit, and communications.
"The new governance structure will assist to efficiently deliver and fully realise the benefits of initiatives and improvements across the health system, including the recently announced modernisation of the IT system, providing a more effective system for clinicians and patients," Ms Courtney said.
AMA Tasmania president John Burgess welcomed the announcement, as the association had been calling for reform over the past year.
"Without reform we were concerned that inertia in decision-making would pervade and room for buck passing would continue, doing little to assist with managing the growing demand pressures within our hospitals, which have been struggling to cope over the past twelve months in particular," Professor Burgess said.
"However, we wait to see the detail as to whether this reform goes far enough to provide the level of autonomy required within hospitals to get on with the job and not be held back by top heavy bureaucracy slowing decision making down and thereby not allowing for efficient and effective responses to be made on the ground to emerging problems.
"We look forward to engaging with the Minister and Secretary on the detail as the reform is rolled out as to how it will be practically delivered and what impact it will have in an operational sense," he said.
Ms Morgan-Wicks said changes were not expected to affect the day-to-day duties of the majority of staff.
The department will begin transitioning arrangements from March 2.
Labor health spokeswoman Sarah Lovell said the "belated action" was welcomed, however there were still many issues within the health system that needed urgent attention.