Healthe Care becomes first Tasmanian hospital to stand down workers

Posted on
March 31, 2020
Health Services Industry

Healthe Care has started to stand down workers in a shock move, particularly after headlines in the Advocate like “Private hospital to help NWRH cope with pandemic.”

How a highly profitable company like Healthe Care can contemplate standing down workers in the middle of a pandemic really beggars belief. They are the first major health employer to do so in Tasmania.

To get to the bottom of things we spoke to Keith Cock yesterday. Here’s some important info you should be aware of:

  • No further nursing stand-downs are planned beyond the 6 last week.
  • There are no plans to stand-down non-nursing staff at this stage.
  • Most staff will work to their base rosters (contracted hours) for the meantime, casual shifts are largely gone.
  • Keith foresees cleaning and catering in particular picking becoming particularly busy come 3 weeks from now.
  • Admin staff have been flagged as potentially the most impacted due to change in patient mix (more medical, long term staff).
  • There has been no direction to staff to use their leave.
  • Conversations for additional funding with the state government are progressing positively.

While North-West Private is unique, it is still clearly not good enough. We’ve been talking to our national colleagues about this, with 600 stand-downs across the country, and we will be taking this issue to Canberra.

We will be keeping the pressure up. If you have any specific issues, please get in touch.

Thank you for all your vital work.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email or complete our online contact form

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