The credibility of the RFDS Queensland division has come under scrutiny with a recent independent audit conducted by Queensland health.
State Minister for Health, Hon. Cameron Dick says the audit found a number of issues.
“An independent safety audit conducted by Queensland Health has identified a number of procedural and organisational issues.
“The audit assessed as low, any risk to patient and staff safety in the air,” Mr Dick says.
Reports today have alleged that the RFDS is one step away from being grounded, however Mr Dick says these assertions are simply not true.
“I am advised that the department has been in contact with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA),” he says.
“CASA has no current grounds to stop the RFDS from flying.”
“That said, the results of the audit were troubling and go to issues of governance within the RFDS.
“I have asked the department to address the audit issues as a matter of priority.
“I want to work with the RFDS to ensure that patients and staff are safe and that the RFDS stays in the skies over Queensland for years to come,” says Mr Dick.
RFDS CEO Nino Di Marco is also denying claims that the organisation’s right to fly is compromised.
“RFDS (Queensland Section) has an enviable and long standing aviation safety record providing sustainable and reliable aeromedical services.
“RFDS (Queensland Section) acknowledges and welcomes the aviation audit conducted for Queensland Health, noting the audit found that flight safety had not been compromised.
“RFDS (Queensland Section) is working with Queensland Health and the auditors to review and clarify the findings and work towards a mutually agreed resolution.
“A meeting with the auditor has now been scheduled providing the first opportunity RFDS has been afforded to discuss, review and clarify the findings directly with the Auditor,” says Mr Di Marco.
The RFDS maintains its commitment to providing excellence in aero-medial and primary health care across Australia.
“RFDS (Queensland Section) is dedicated to achieving best practice standards and puts the safety of its patients and employees above all else.
“RFDS (Queensland Section) takes great pride in its 87 year heritage as a risk averse, safety conscious organisation providing quality health care services,” says Mr Di Marco.