For­mer nurse calls for hospi­tal over­haul

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

THE fall­out from the is­sues cur­rently en­gulf­ing the Dalby Hospi­tal has con­tin­ued, with a for­mer nurse at the fa­cil­ity com­ing for­ward to tell her story.

Dana* has been a reg­is­tered nurse for some time, and isn’t sur­prised the Dalby Hospi­tal is com­ing to boil­ing point af­ter her ex­pe­ri­ence at the cen­tre.

She said there was a greater is­sue at play than just staff safety.

“I’ve worked at other hos­pi­tals where man­age­ment weren’t fab­u­lous, but you al­ways felt like they had your back,” Dana said.

“You’d as­sume man­age­ment would be on your side, es­pe­cially if you’ve been there for years.

“There’s no sup­port what­so­ever.

“The way to de­scribe it would be a puni­tive cul­ture... blame al­ways has to be ap­por­tioned some­where.”

Dana’s story comes af­ter the Dalby Her­ald spoke with three other nurses in Au­gust, all who held grave con­cerns about work­ing at the fa­cil­ity due to safety is­sues.

War­rego MP Ann Leahy has also in­volved her­self in the sit­u­a­tion, rais­ing con­cerns about the hospi­tal on par­lia­ment floor.

Dana said to­wards the end of her em­ploy­ment at the hospi­tal, the cul­ture within the nurse ranks be­gan to take a toll men­tally.

“I’ve never had a prob­lem with the doc­tors, they were won­der­ful. The prob­lems lie within the nurses,” she said.

“I’ve been a nurse in a lot of dif­fer­ent places, but I’ve never had the feel­ings that I had at Dalby.

“To­wards the end of my time there I’d get out of the car and walk to­wards the hospi­tal and just have this fear of what could hap­pen to­day.

“It feels like you’re be­ing watched con­tin­u­ally and they are wait­ing for you to make a mis­take so they can pick you out.”

Dana said be­cause of this the Dalby Hospi­tal was not a com­fort­able place to work, un­like the other fa­cil­i­ties where she has been on the pay­roll.

“I have no qualms at my new job say­ing ‘I made a mis­take’, be­cause they help you work it through.

“Whereas in Dalby you do the tini­est thing wrong and they come down on you like a ton of bricks.

“They smile to your face but have an almighty b---h be­hind your back.

“If I’ve got no sup­port from man­age­ment it’s not the sort of workplace I want to be in.”

Dana said the only way Dalby Hospi­tal would change was if there was an over­haul from man­age­ment down, but wasn’t con­fi­dent it would ever oc­cur.

“Ev­ery­one’s so scared to speak, and if they do there’s only one health­care provider in Dalby so they’ll have to move to Toowoomba for work.”

The Dalby Her­ald once again asked the Dar­ling Downs Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice whether a re­view of the hospi­tal was un­der way, to which they said no.

The Dalby Her­ald re­quested an in­ter­view with DDHHS, but at the time of print had no re­sponse.

* Name changed for con­fi­den­tial­ity.

PHOTO: SAM FLANA­GAN

PLOT THICK­ENS: A for­mer staff mem­ber of the Dalby Hospi­tal has come for­ward to tell her story.

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