Hos­pi­tals need to fill 53 jobs

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Liana Turner liana.turner@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

THE North­ern New South Wales Lo­cal Health Dis­trict has down­played con­cerns over the num­ber of va­cant po­si­tions across the re­gion’s hos­pi­tals.

NNSWLHD chief ex­ec­u­tive Wayne Jones said while Shadow Health Min­is­ter Walt Secord had slammed them over the “un­fair” num­ber of va­can­cies, the 53 po­si­tions rep­re­sented just 1% of the re­gion’s 6000-strong work­force.

“This is not un­usual, as va­cancy num­bers fluc­tu­ate through­out the year,” Mr Jones said.

“Staff va­can­cies are con­stantly chang­ing as we re­cruit ad­di­tional staff iden­ti­fied in for­ward plan­ning for peak sea­sons and to sup­port new or ex­pand­ing ser­vices.

“NNSWLHD ac­tively re­cruits to va­cant po­si­tions and re­futes the claim that po­si­tions are left va­cant in or­der to meet bud­get con­straints. The po­si­tion of vis­it­ing med­i­cal of­fi­cer – sex­ual as­sault foren­sic has re­cently been filled and the new staff mem­ber will be­gin work in Novem­ber.”

Mr Secord said the va­can­cies in­cluded reg­is­tered nurses, stroke oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists, speech pathol­o­gists, en­rolled nurses, unit man­agers, a phar­ma­cist and main­te­nance of­fi­cer along with emer­gency doc­tor, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion doc­tor, men­tal health nurse and more.

“It is un­fair to pa­tients and their fam­i­lies but it is also un­fair to hard-work­ing health and hos­pi­tal staff in hos­pi­tals like the Tweed ... and Mur­willum­bah,” Mr Secord said.

He said the num­ber of va­can­cies was “to­tally un­ac­cept­able”.

The NNSWLHD did not re­spond to ques­tions re­lat­ing to the spe­cific num­ber and type of cur­rent job va­can­cies at Tweed and Mur­willum­bah Hos­pi­tals.

PHOTO: FILE

SHORT-STAFFED: The North­ern NSW Lo­cal Health Dis­trict cur­rently has 53 va­can­cies across the re­gion.

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