Admin jobs axed at hospital
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.