Health and Community Services Complaints Commission Report on Investigation of Royal Darwin Hospital Security Arrangements for the protection of Children and Infants Paediatric Ward 5B Volume 1
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43. As can be seen from this Policy document, the Swipe Card & Drug Room Policy location is marked with a question mark making it difficult for a staff member to know where to find the Policy. The NT Hospital Network Policy Manual was provided to the HCSCC in July 2008, no reference can be found for policies named Swipe Card & Drug Room Policy or Security Services Policy. The RDH Risk Management Policy was effective 26 April 2006 and was due for review on 25 June 2007. The Care and Protection of Young Children Act is recorded as a 2005 discussion draft. It is believed that this reference is to a draft bill of the Care and Protection of Children Act 2007 assent date 12 December 2007 and in force 7 May 2008. There has been no reason provided why this policy document was incomplete 17 months after the rape of the complainants child, nor has any reason been provided as to why the NT Hospital Network Policy Manual does not appear to contain the policies stated above. A revised Security and Access to Paediatric Units at Royal Darwin Hospital Policy was subsequently provided to this investigation, it is still listed as a draft as at January 2008. The references are listed as: EQuIP Version 4, Safe Practice and Environment 3.2.1 & 3.2.5 Care and Protection of Young Children Act - (believed to be a reference to Care and Protection of Children Act 2007). Access into New Wing & Main Ward Block as at 29 September 2003 (Memo to staff). Risk Management Policy (DHCS Acute Care NT Hospital Network Policy Manual). RDH Security Services Policy (DHCS Acute Care NT Hospital Network Policy Manual). Staff Identification Guidelines (DHCS Acute Care NT Hospital Network Policy Manual). AS4485 Security for Health Care Facilities Parts 1 & 2. The copy of the policy issued November 2008 contains the same references including the question mark about the location of the swipe card and Drug Room Policy and the reference to the 2005 discussion draft of the Care and Protection of Children Act which was enacted in 2007. The DHF undertook to provide the HCSCC with an updated version of the RDH Manual. None of the updates have included the Security and Access to Paediatric Units or the Security Services Policy. A copy of the Royal Darwin Hospital Network Policy Manual (the Manual) was supplied to the HCSCC (received 31 July 2008). This Manual is available to RDH staff who have access to the internal network, and is an initiative of the Acute Care Quality Committee. The Security and Access to Paediatric Units at Royal Darwin Hospital policy is not referred to within the index of the NT Hospital Network Policy Manual (as of July 2008), and the Risk Management Policy still indicates the review date as being 25 June 2007. The Staff Identification Guidelines was present, the Security Services Policy referred to above was absent from both the manuals index and content.
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