Ad­min jobs axed at hospi­tal

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - An­gelique Pat­ter­son

AT LEAST four ad­min­is­tra­tion jobs at Moss­man hospi­tal have been made re­dun­dant due to State Government cuts to the Cairns and Hin­ter­land Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice.

The new struc­ture is ex­pected to start at the be­gin­ning of May, with peo­ple who no longer have a job be­ing of­fered va­cant po­si­tions, ei­ther cre­ated from the new struc­ture or from those un­af­fected by the re­struc­ture who ap­plied for a vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy.

To­gether Union Cairns rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dr Sandy Don­ald said there is still no in­di­ca­tion how any ser­vices, in­clud­ing in Moss­man, will con­tinue to op­er­ate with all the job cuts.

‘‘The ar­eas that have lost most staff are Al­co­hol, To­bacco and Other Drug Ser­vices and men­tal health, it’s likely there will be some im­pact from the cuts and we are still not sure what clin­i­cal ser­vices will be af­fected,’’ he said.

‘‘The whole thing is a mess be­cause it was planned in ab­so­lute se­crecy and the Government changed leg­is­la­tion so they don’t have to do a busi­ness case and demon­strate how it can work and is ef­fi­cient.

‘‘The health ser­vice have said there are no more plans for cuts but they were im­posed by Bris­bane who could very eas­ily im­pose more - they don’t have to talk to any­one or jus­tify it.’’

Dr Don­ald said he is con­cerned at the num­ber of highly ex­pe­ri­enced and qual­i­fied peo­ple who are keep­ing cer­tain ser­vices run­ning sin­gle-hand­edly run­ning and they will not know the full ex­tent for an­other cou­ple of weeks.

CHHHS Chair Bob Norman said re­cruit­ment to the va­cant po­si­tions started this week and is ex­pected to be com­plete by the end of the month, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion con­sul­ta­tion from staff and unions.

‘‘The CHHHS ex­ec­u­tive team care­fully con­sid­ered the feed­back pro­vided by staff and their unions on the pro­posed re­struc­ture,’’ he said.

‘‘Changes have been made to the re­struc­ture as a re­sult of the con­sul­ta­tion.’’

Chair for the Moss­man hospi­tal com­mu­nity ad­vi­sory net­work Ju­lia Leu said the process needs more trans­parency.

‘‘I am still very con­cerned about the im­pact on our hospi­tal ser­vices and for the loss of ex­pe­ri­enced and ded­i­cated staff who have given their lives to the Moss­man hospi­tal,’’ she said.

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