Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Future Arrangements for Governance of NSW Health - Report of the Director-General

The Minister for Health and Medical Research, the Hon. Jillian Skinner MP has announced the outcomes of the Governance Review of NSW Health in the document Future Arrangements for Governance of NSW Health - Report of the Director-General.

Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks

Under the new governance arrangements, Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks will have clear responsibility and accountability for governing hospital and health service delivery for their local district or specialty network. These responsibilities and the funding required to deliver a specified volume of activity will be articulated in a Service Agreement negotiated between the Department of Health, as purchaser and system manager/regulator, and the Local Health District or Specialty Network Board, as providers of health services.

The Ministry of Health

The Department of Health will become the Ministry of Health, providing Westminster functions supporting the Minister and the Government, regulatory functions, public health functions (disease surveillance, control and prevention) and system manager functions in state-wide planning, purchasing and performance monitoring of hospitals and health services. A number of functions will be transferred from the Ministry to other health entities such as the four "Pillar" agencies.

The four "Pillar" agencies

The Agency for Clinical Innovation and the Health Education and Training Institute (previously the Clinical Education and Training Institute) will have an enhanced range of responsibilities and accountabilities. The Clinical Excellence Commission and the Bureau of Health Information will also take on an expanded portfolio of responsibilities.

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