There are currently three hospitals in Australia accredited by the Medical Accreditation Council of Australia, the highest level of accreditation, to treat people with serious conditions.
But that’s all set to change, with the government announcing it will require hospitals to increase their levels of training and accreditation.
The changes will also require more hospitals to make improvements in patient care.
Dr Ian Blyth, who runs the Australian Institute of Medical Research, says the changes could mean the “crisis of the future”.
“There will be more and more hospitals that won’t be able to get accredited because they have failed to meet the new requirements,” he said.
“There’s been no change in the current accreditation regime for a number of years, and there is no change that we think will affect the level of training or accreditation of hospitals in the future.”
But Dr Blyh says he’s concerned the changes will make it harder for people with a condition to be treated, and for people to access the services they need.
“In a way, the changes to the accreditation scheme are a sort of counter-productive step that I think is going to exacerbate the problems that we’ve already seen in Australia,” he says.
Dr B, who also runs the Australasian Association of Physician Assistants, says that while the changes are welcome, they will only make a dent in the crisis of the situation for people living with the disease.
“These changes are likely to make things worse, but they will make things better in the long term,” he explains.
“It will mean that there’s less people getting care and more people getting treated and more beds available to patients, and it will also mean that hospitals that are accredited will be able more easily to accept more people with acute care conditions.”
The changes to accreditation will apply to all Australian hospitals by the end of 2020, and the changes apply to the Medicare health service as well.
Dr B points out that there are some hospitals that have not met the new standards, and says the government should consider the changes before they go into effect. “
Another approach that we know about is the Medicare system’s system of hospital-level accreditation.”
Dr B points out that there are some hospitals that have not met the new standards, and says the government should consider the changes before they go into effect.
“That’s because the changes require the government to consider and review whether they are adequate, and we need to be able and willing to make changes to meet those requirements,” Dr B says.
“If we can’t, we will not be able for the future to be safe for patients and for the healthcare system.”
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