Did you hear about the former NSW Health Minister recently in court charged with gross negligence….no? Well neither did I. In fact do you recall any Minister State or Federal, being held account in the courts for negligence or any senior public servants for that matter? Probably not.
It seems we have strict Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) laws that will chase down company directors for safety breaches in the workplace, but if you oversee a hospital system with systemic failures that appears to be okay. Politicians seem quite willing to rant and rave about regulation and accountability in the private sector, but in the public sector nobody really seems to be held to account.
How can we have a situation for example in NSW where patients have suffered malnutrition while in hospital and nobody seems to be held to account? I have seen our public hospitals in action from my own personal experience and in my opinion they are a disgrace. It is not all about money, I was none too impressed with many of the staff who seemed to lack basic human relationship skills and I think checking to see that patients are eating well is not a budget issue..it is a care issue.
But at the end of the day as the saying goes “a fish rots from it’s head”. Sadly, we just seem to end up with heads in government predisposed to rotting. Worse still, the public keeps voting many of the “rotting heads” back into government so I guess nothing will ever change.
The reason governments are unaccountable is because sadly, the public does not hold them to account. Think about this before you blindly vote for your local M.P. next time…if he/she is one of the rotting heads then do something about it – vote them out of office!