With media focus on major hospitals in the north west it’s easy to feel some of the smaller community hospitals have been overlooked, but HACSU and the broader community do notice and appreciate the work staff continue to perform at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the best of times these roles are challenging, and to maintain such high standards throughout a time of deep uncertainty is truly commendable.
A range of issues has arisen but a common complaint has been lack of access to appropriate personal protective equipment, so we took that to the highest levels and undertakings were given that THS would prioritise PPE distribution in the north west.
But PPE was just one of many COVID-19 difficulties we’ve all had to deal with, and we’ll continue, as always, to work behind the scenes to improve members' working conditions and safety.
While pandemic restrictions have made visits difficult, HACSU delegates have done a great job updating us on any changes and issues within workplaces, and a good delegate is so valuable to their colleagues and the workplace, but having more than one to help spread the workload doubles the chances of successful outcomes.
Delegates know contributing to improving their workplace now and into the future can be extremely rewarding, so if any member likes the sound of this and wants to be a HACSU workplace delegate, please let us know.
With regulations changing on a daily basis it’s only a matter of time before we'll be onsite again, but in the interim please direct any questions to HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or keep your eye on the regularly updated HACSU website and facebook page.