Surgeons at the Canberra Hospital are failing to abide by the regulations set by the authorized body in order to insure that the surgeries are carried out safe. Prior to carrying out operations surgeons are required to fill a form containing the checklists, which are regarding the safety concerns.
These checklists are specially designed so that all safety concerns regarding the surgery, which is before, during and after the surgery, are well checked before carrying out the surgery.
However, Canberra Liberals suggest that as per findings of the ACT Health documents, the surgeons are not fulfilling the formalities required. They are breaching the regulations.
The case came into notice after family members of a Yass woman Lima Thatcher filed a legal case against the hospital authorities. The documents presented by them in front of the court, highlighted that the checklists were not being filled prior to the operation.
Liberal health spokesman Jeremy Hanson said, "An internal audit last year found that only about half of surgical safety checklists were completed. The documents that we've seen include a minute from quality and safety unit for the hospital".
Lima Thatcher's granddaughter Holly Chaloner asserted that the surgeons did not fill up the checklists properly; if they would have she would have survived.