Inquiry to look at health chief

Dr Schneider will be officially on leave from her North North-West clinical director’s job from next Monday until the end of the specially convened Clinical Privileges review initiated to examine the leadership of Launceston’s acute care mental health unit Ward 1E, where she has been in charge for at least a decade.
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Statewide Mental Health Services director Peter Norrie was in Launceston yesterday running Ward 1E until negotiations could be finalised to appoint a locum clinical director.

He said that the leadership review team, chaired by State director of hospitals Anne Brand, could take up to two months to conduct the inquiry set up as a consequence of the Health Complaints Commissioner’s report into the Northern mental health facility and several services on the North-West Coast, also overseen by Dr Schneider.

Both unions and the Opposition publicly questioned why there was no change in leadership at Ward 1E when the report was released three weeks ago, after it slammed management practices in a system that had allowed harassment and bullying of patients and staff.

Australian Medical Association Tasmanian branch spokesman Rod Cameron-Tucker said that the AMA had advised Dr Schneider to take the leave option offered to her by the State Government while the inquiry was conducted.

“Part of the issue is that, in the position of responsibility as director, it’s difficult to exert a position of authority while a review is occurring,” he said.

Australian Nursing Federation Tasmanian secretary Neroli Ellis said that Ward 1E nurses were happy to see the recommendations of the Health Commissioners Report being implemented and were pleased to see the final part of process as the inquiry into Dr Schneider’s leadership.

Dr Norrie said that he was filling the acting clinical director’s position until an appointment could be made because it was important for the community to see that there was someone heading up Ward 1E and that they were providing a leadership that was working.

He said that Ward 1E had a good and dedicated staff, who had pulled together wonderfully in the past weeks of crisis.

Dr Schneider will continue to provide outpatients services two days a week for the duration of the inquiry.

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