The SA Health Performance Council will be Retained
The Health Care Governance Amendment Bill 2020 was further debated in the SA Parliament this week.
Key areas of concern previously raised by OTA were addressed during the debate on the second reading (continued from 15 October 2020). The Bill was read a third time and passed on 3 December 2020.
In the Committee stage, three key clauses which OTA had supported for amendment were discussed:
- The retention of the SA Health Performance Council was sustained
- An amendment to reinstate the Health Consumers’ Council did not succeed
- The role/functions of the Mental Health Commission were discussed and there appears to be general agreement that it would be better placed under the Mental Health Act and will be further discussed during a review of that Act in 2021.
OTA was disappointed that the consumer council was not kept in the new governance system but is pleased to have the independence of the performance of the health system continue to be reported directly to the SA parliament.