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(generated from captions) has shadowed a cultural shift Implementation of new systems away from doctors burying mistakes towards open disclosure. patients are a major stakeholder There's no question that the in what goes on here. really do need to be involved And I think that the patients they're getting safe care, in being able to know that of that care, know what the standards are of individual people in the system, know what the competencies are and also the competency of the team. there is a culture of improvement, I think they should also know that there is that starting to emerge. and I think that they - for open disclosure There are even more vocal barrackers among the patients. through mounting piles of paper Helen Langham spent years searching to what really happened to her. for an answer that was the hardest part. Well, that was the hardest part, only was it devastating for Helen It was extremely, you know - not but for everybody around - a perfectly normal person has to come terms as to why who walks into hospital like this, without... came out the other end or explanation at a prior meeting If there had been some lead-up we could've been informed. of how it was just into surgery, But it was the spontaneity surgery the next morning, Her life changed overnight. and then, bang! that are in place So for all the new systems learned, could it happen again? and the lessons that have been It's happening right now Absolutely.

courageous people like Gerry and we won't know unless there are who are prepared to speak out. at Canberra Hospital. And I'm not saying to happen at Canberra Hospital I mean, I think it's less likely

finally is facing up transparently because I think that institution to this whole situation and is dealing with it responsibly. and public hospitals But if you look at other private around Australia, I'm sure there are similar problems and how do we know,

how are we going to find out? What's your sense? Are there still dangerous doctors out there? There are opportunities for people to... the wrong thing... ..that will always exist. The opportunities to get away with it and for it not to be noticed are being very much reduced. Could it happen again? Could what happen again? A whistleblower blows the whistle in the ACT and is punished for doing so? Well, I think that we've got mechanisms in place. a system I mean, we have put in place to notify incidents that actually requires people that are significant or extreme which grades incidents. and there's a ratings scale So we have a system in place and employees to do that. that requires our staff a web-based notification system It is backed up by, you know, to do that which makes it easy for them processes to follow that up. and we've got rigorous review in place, When you've got those things whistleblowing is less - is not really required. I think that what you're hearing are the platitudes of people who don't want to be accused of not engendering change in the system.

I think that, for me, I won't recognise change in Canberra until Gerry McLaren is back at full-time work and until they have acknowledged that they actually need to investigate much more than they have investigated so far. Can he return to a working environment that has shunned him? We're working with Dr McLaren to achieve a satisfactory return to work. Easier said than done, I take it. about that particular matter. I think that's about all I can say career and your own future With respect to your own what's your best plan? what outcome would you like, town and this job a decade ago, If I had no family I would've left in great detail our options but as a family we discussed and I have agreed with the family for us to leave town. that it is completely inappropriate

So what does that mean? that, unlike Stephen Bolsin, Well, that means who got squeezed out of England, I have refused to resign. ruled by - Oh, yes, I don't want to be I'm sick of being ruled by this. and hearing about neurosurgery I'm sick of getting up every day and the whole saga. and the Canberra Hospital I'm just tired of it. they know what to do with me. Quite honestly, I don't think Peace. What do I want out of it all? Gerard McLaren is not at peace. that he acted correctly A formal apology and acknowledgement

through the Canberra rooftops does not cancel the murmuring and instability. about personal animosity is no impenetrable screen New protective disclosure legislation against ill-feeling. Cultural change takes a while. Being thanked for standing up of putting the patient first for the now accepted ethos may take a little longer. CC network still allows Kyle Sandilands It's interesting the Austereo with his scintillating intellect to regale listeners and exhaustive research. I'm Monica Attard. Hello and welcome to the show. also of 'Australian Idol' fame - Kyle Sandilands - when he pushed the point cemented his profile as a buffoon as some might have you think. smoking isn't as bad for you

the station's newsreader He dispatched some supporting stats. to come up with and for you, it could get worse. It really is bad, Kyle - 2Day FM broadcast this. Just before Kyle shared his views,

on your network anymore, Kyle, Those ads won't be appearing thanks to your uninformed views. When the Cancer Institute NSW for the tobacco industry, heard Kyle's plug it pulled its 13 QUIT advertising - 24- to 39-year-old women. aimed at 2DAY FM's target audience, The Cancer Institute tells us: But Kyle's boss at Austereo says: a very important health issue. Interesting way to 'discuss' ran a story on Friday The 'Sydney Morning Herald' called Wikiscanner. on a new web page to entries It reveals who's making changes Wikipedia. on the online encyclopedia, the SMH tells us, And - as in the US - fiddling with entries on Wikipedia a bureaucratic past-time. has become a bit of like the editing out of a reference Some of the changes are political - as Captain Smirk to Peter Costello in the Treasurer's entry. or mundane, some - Though most edits are reasonable the Prime Minister's Department - like one made from are downright silly. one intriguing angle in this story. But the Sydney Morning Herald missed Nine MSN picked it up.

at Fairfax tweaking? And what were the folks sanitised the entry Well, someone at Fairfax 'Illawarra Mercury'. for the company's on Crikey founder Stephen Mayne, Other Fairfax edits heaped abuse and the 'Chaser's Andrew Hansen. the Wikiscanner light on itself. Nine MSN even turned But Nine MSN didn't notice colleagues across the hall their Australian Press Consolidated were busy sanitising the entry on a Channel Nine/TV Week product called the Logies. Someone at ACP didn't like this. erased all of that. So a loyal ACP editor has always run thick at News Corp. Corporate loyalty

Rupert Murdoch's foot soldiers So no surprises that one of has edited out a reference to the boss's competitor CNN, being the world's most watched 24-hour news channel. And a lot of work went into editing the entry about Rupert Murdoch's wife, Wendi Deng. All of these annotated and sourced paragraphs, describing Wendi Deng's first marriage,

disappeared with a keystroke from inside News Corporation. A month later, Rupert's loyal editor was back at it, trying to denigrate reporter Eric Ellis, whose unflattering profile of Wendi Deng was commissioned by Fairfax's 'Good Weekend', then spiked. The words... the description of Ellis were stripped out. And moments later, to suggest Ellis's article wasn't worthy of publication, these words were added. But this Wendi Deng fan was clearly frustrated with small and fiddly changes. So from a News Corp computer, the eager editor erased all of this - the hundreds of words written about the Eric Ellis saga - including references to Media Watch's coverage of the issue. Won't Rupert be delighted? The ABC will make an unprecedented attempt to determine how its journalists might approach agreements on what can and can't be reported. The Costello dinner affair has Managing Director Mark Scott wondering whether there are clear enough rules on the "off the record" convention. So he's reviewing whether the Corporation's editorial policies provide: This comes in the wake of a decision by the '7.30 Report'

to reveal details of a dinner attended by the show's political editor Michael Brissenden, two other reporters both then from 'The Bulletin', and the Treasurer, Peter Costello. Two weeks later and the status of that meeting is still in dispute.

Mark Scott's new editorial guidelines are largely silent on the issue of "off the record" agreements. There's just this: There's nothing there to guide Brissenden or anyone else through the ethical quagmire created when the status of a meeting is murky or contested after the event. And the journalists' union, the Media Alliance, offers only this in its Code of Ethics. Fairfax Media's in-house policy largely restates the MEAA code of ethics with the addition of a single word.

But who decides what's an 'appropriate circumstance'? It might include where a reporter thinks information should be used - in the public interest - but the source doesn't agree. Presumably, Mark Scott's enquiry will try to determine if there should be a rule for situations where the public interest might be so great, it overrules "off the record" agreements. But how would any new rule deal with a situation where after speaking, a source requests and is given a promise not to publish. That means, what you are allowed to know can in some situations be at the discretion of reporters. Mark Scott and his director of editorial policies might look abroad for some assistance to solve this one. But even then, they'll be struggling. The 'Washington Post's editorial guidelines say if a reporter gets information off the record they... Can't see that working on the Hill in Canberra. The 'New York Times' also sees the role of a reporter as not readily agreeing to keep information off the record. When a government official speaks with a reporter, off the record...

And if the source says no, the information remains off the record. Back to square 1. Remember, in the end,

all journalists would like everything on the record - it's the source that demands secrecy. And any rule a media organisation imposes on the journalist doesn't bind the politician. The question is whether laying down guidelines will make the ethical hazards of journalism any easier to navigate. The reality of political reporting is that journalists talk to politicians, and often the terms are not explicit. It might just be that short of telling reporters not to have long, boozy dinners with politicians, there's a little that can be proscribed by editorial rules to protect them from accusations of withholding information from the public. It's either that, or insist cloistered reporters in the hothouse environment on the Hill eke out of the pollies they schmooze an up-front agreement on the terms of the discussion. After all - politicians need reporters as much as reporters need politicians.

That's the show for tonight.

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