On 17 May 2012, the Minister for Health, the Honourable Lawrence Springborg MP, introduced legislation into the Parliament to implement the government's model for the public sector health system in Queensland.
From 1 July 2012, Hospital and Health Boards (previously called 'governing councils') will oversee the delivery of health services by statutory bodies to be called Hospital and Health Services (previously called 'Local Health and Hospital Networks'). The Health and Hospitals Network Act 2011 is to be renamed the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act).
These changes will give local communities greater input into their local health services, which will lead to improved efficiency and effectiveness at a local level.
The proposed changes by the Health and Hospitals Network and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 (the Bill) recommend:
The Bill will also enable the Minister for Health to establish Ancillary Boards for specific hospitals, health services or geographic areas to provide advice to the relevant HHS. This will strengthen local communities input into the delivery of health services in their area.
The Bill also amends the Health and Hospitals Network Act 2011 to support the revised national health funding arrangements. These provisions are being enacted by all states, territories and the Commonwealth in a similar way.
A copy of the Bill, and the Explanatory Notes supporting the Bill, are available on the Parliamentary Counsel's website - http://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/Bill_Pages/Bill_54_12.htm