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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



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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70. Department and to all new General Managers to ensure that the need for capital funding was recognised. It is my conclusion that the installation of CCTV cameras with recording capacity within the paediatric ward/s are a priority and should be installed as soon as possible. The minimum requirements are: a camera(s) to capture comings and goings at the ingress/egress points sufficient cameras to see anyone enter a bed bay, school or fire stair from a corridor. cameras record 24/7 recordings to be kept for a minimum of 14 working days. The statement that the Director of Operations informed Mr Lingard that the report of the Working Party had been distributed to the highest levels within the health Department I am required to accept is wrong in the absence of production of any documents produced to support it as correct. The General Manager, under sanction of a criminal offence did not produce any record corresponding to what Mr Lingard reports he was told. The fact that no such record exists is itself a failure of management. If a matter as important as this was distributed to the highest levels and no record kept or action taken that too is a failure of management. Q31 Continued - Were those recommendations implemented? If not implemented please explain why they were not. RDH response: Implementation not applicable. HCSCC Comment: There is no explanation for this response other than that it is evasive, pedantic and contrary to the duty of RDH to be accountable and transparent. Whilst this Office understands that budget restraints is the reason provided for not installing the CCTV recording capability for the childrens ward 5B, it has come to our attention that CCTV recording equipment was installed in the food service area. The Lingard Review page 38 reports that as a result of thefts of food, cameras were installed to monitor the corridors outside the kitchen entrances. It is the view of this Office that the safety and security of child or adult patients far exceeds the need to monitor the theft of food items from the kitchen. HCSCC Q32: What assessments of the sexual capability of a child are conducted for patients in the Paediatric Ward/s? RDH response: Sexual capability assessments are not routinely done for all children on admission. Information specific to sexual capability, if potential to impact on the safety of the child or others would be noted in medical notes if appropriate. Refer to question 16 for general unit descriptor on age limits.

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