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FOUR Victorian Hospitals STRIPPED Of Their Maternity Service

A cluster of baby deaths at Bacchus Marsh Hospital has triggered changes as to how Victoria will manage medical errors and patient safety across the state.

The state government will announce an overhaul of the health system today following the Department of Health being damned in a report for failing to adequately oversee patient safety or monitor the quality of care provided in hospitals.

Maternity services have been downgraded in Sale, Kerang, Terang and Myrtleford after it was found they were taking on work beyond their capabilities.

A further 16 hospitals have been put on notice and now have until February to improve and hire extra staff to support patients better.

The report made by Dr Stephen Duckett makes 179 recommendations, which includes calls for new laws and independent authorities to better protect patients.

His report reveals that the Bacchus Marsh baby deaths were undetected during a crisis that was hidden from public view.

“We need to have a complete overhaul of the oversight arrangement,” Dr Duckett told the Herald Sun.

“If something like Bacchus Marsh can occur once, it can occur again. We want to make sure it never happens again,” Dr Duckett said.

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