North West hospitals and COVID-19

Posted on
April 22, 2020
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Public Sector

Today we had a teleconference with the Health Minister Sarah Courtney and other stakeholders to discuss the latest developments in the COVID-19 crisis, including the alarming situation on the north west coast involving the NWRH.

We raised serious concerns about the lack communication and the inconsistencies in what workers have been told about the outbreak at the NWRH and the impact it has had on workers not only at the NWRH, but also at the Mersey and NWPH.

The frustrating part of this is that we have been trying to raise these matters for months, including how redeployment would occur, so that we'd have clear processes in place prior to an event like this occurring. Instead, now we are left to work through these issues in the middle of the crisis.

The Minister acknowledged that communication could have been better and that she has asked THS management to put together a proper communications plan moving ahead.

We opened up HACSUassist today to field enquiries. Over 50 members contacted us and raised several collective issues including poor communications, redevelopment concerns, and more. Several people also raised some specific individual issues.

We have raised all of these matters with THS management and will update you as soon as we can.

This is an extremely difficult and dangerous situation and you should know we are doing everything in our power to represent your interests during this crisis. We'll update you again early next week, but in the interim we want to thanks to all North West hospital workers for the amazing work you are doing this very difficult situation.

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

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