Doctors to meet over crisis at the Royal
A MASS meeting of all medical staff at the Royal Hobart Hospital later this week will seek solutions to problems raised by junior doctors, Health Minister Sarah Courtney says.
Ms Courtney yesterday met doctors at the hospital after they raised concerns about overwork, poor morale and concerns of an imminent staff exodus. Up for discussion are a review of rosters to reduce long shifts and fatigue, improving staff support, and boosting training for junior staff.
The minister said a second overnight medical registrar position at the RHH would be appointed within a fortnight.
“This position will give junior doctors additional support after hours,” Ms Courtney said. “The RHH has already moved to recruit an additional 12 junior doctors to assist in rostering issues and ease workload pressures for 2020.”
Ms Courtney said she was mindful that normal staff turnover was a challenge for the system and she was committed to maintaining staff numbers.
“There is always a degree of attrition among junior medical staff as some of them are promoted in to registrar positions at RHH or receive offers from other hospitals and choose to pursue their careers elsewhere.”
The AMA said Ms Courtney must guarantee increased teaching time for junior doctors and not just “measures” to improve access.