Peel Health Campus CEO quits

Registered nurse Tanya Hill, Ramsay WA manager of operations Kevin Cass- Ryall and enrolled nurse Jill Russell in Peel Health Campus’ Children's Sarich Ward Picture: Jon Hewson
Registered nurse Tanya Hill, Ramsay WA manager of operations Kevin Cass- Ryall and enrolled nurse Jill Russell in Peel Health Campus’ Children's Sarich Ward Picture: Jon Hewson

When the dust settles it will be up to Ramsay Health Care to right the perceived issues concerning the previous management.

The ASX-listed company currently manages Hollywood Private Hospital and Joondalup Health Campus in WA.

WA manager of operations Kevin Cass-Ryall said all employees and their entitlements would transfer to Ramsay Health Care.

However, they would use the transition period to discuss future arrangements with the existing executive managers.

Dr Fong said he would part ways with Peel Health Campus late next month when Ramsay took over.

‘I have been holding the fort since September, after Ms Foley’s folly,’ he said.

‘My role was to steer the ship through difficult times. I’m proud of the job we’ve done and I believe it was unnecessary attention.’

In a public statement, Mr Fogarty praised Dr Fong’s role in ‘resolving issues’.

‘The current chief executive Neale Fong has resolved a range of issues at PHC in his first six months in the job,’ he said.

Health Minister Kim Hames said Professor Bryant Stokes provided his report to the Public Sector commissioner on March 28.

He said Cabinet would consider the report, after which it would be tabled in Parliament.

Dr Hames would not speculate on the motivation behind Health Solutions WA’s transfer of the campus.

When it was revealed Ramsay would take over the management of the campus, Dr Hames criticised Mr Fogarty’s role in the management of Peel.

‘Ramsay has a substantial experience in delivering services to public patients at Joondalup Health Campus, where this model is very effective,’ he said.

‘They will be working with the staff and doctors to ensure a successful transition to the new management structure.’

Dr Hames is supportive of the planned redevelopment of Peel under Ramsay Health.

Despite the negative publicity levelled at Health Solutions WA, Mr Cass-Ryall said Ramsay’s interest in Peel stemmed from it being a good hospital in one of the fastest growing regions in WA.

‘The acquisition of Peel fitted with the company’s broader strategy of public/private collaborations as governments seek to procure more input from private organisations in the building and operation of public hospitals,’ he said. ‘Privately run public hospitals are under contract to provide services to the community and have to meet the same stringent criteria for quality delivery of these services as all hospital.

‘In addition to what is sometimes a greater level of public scrutiny, privately run hospitals are accountable to the same quality assurance bodies that govern all hospitals.’