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Healthcare audit recommendations are not being implemented — HSE Risk Committee

According to the Committee minutes from May 2016, seen by the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request, a HSE report found that only 34 per cent of the 250 recommendations arising from the healthcare audits issued between January 2011 and July 2015 had been reported as completed.

The Committee requested that additional analysis of the implementation of the 250 recommendations be carried out and that a report be done on the resourcing of the healthcare audit team.

It recommended that resources to the healthcare audit team be increased.

HSE National Director of Quality Assurance and Verification, Mr Patrick Lynch, said that increasing resources may require “linking” with internal audit, which was to be discussed with National Director of Internal Audit, Mr Michael Flynn.

The Committee noted that significant progress to improve management focus on risk had been made since the appointment of Mr Lynch.

During a discussion on reporting through the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Serious Reportable Events (SREs), the Committee stated that there had been an under-reporting of SREs by some hospitals and other areas within the health service.

The Committee also considered a report setting out progress on implementation of the improvement programme in social care to increase compliance with HIQA standards, arising from recommendations of disability services inspection reports.

The report found an overall steady increase in compliance with the average rate of 52 per cent for all disability services, and the average compliance rate of the HSE directly-provided services of 52 per cent.

However, the Committee noted this was below the 75 per cent target stipulated in the HSE’s Service Plan.

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