Nurses the meat in fund­ing cut sand­wich

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - JACK MORPHET

NURSES have been forced to hand out meals at St Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal.

The Nurses and Mid­wives As­so­ci­a­tion has made a for­mal com­plaint, claim­ing nurses agreed only be­cause pa­tients would not have been fed.

“Nurses in emer­gency are more wor­ried about whether some­one gets a sand­wich than front­line care,” said union or­gan­iser Matthew Do­herty. And, while the union claims the Dar­linghurst hos­pi­tal has a staff short­age equiv­a­lent to 77 full-time nurses, man­age­ment this week sat down with a pile of ap­pli­ca­tions for vol­un­tary re­dun­dan­cies to work out which staff can go.

Man­age­ment is cut­ting costs across the board after re­cent changes to heart and lung treat­ment fund­ing took a heavy toll on the hos­pi­tal’s bot­tom line. Hos­pi­tal man­age­ment re­fused to re­veal how many staff would go in the lat­est round of re­dun­dan­cies but CEO An­thony Schem­bri was “very con­fi­dent” the cuts wouldn’t jeop­ar­dise safety.

A St Vin­cent’s man­ager, who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity, said: “If they get rid of clean­ers, food ser­vices or the ward as­sis­tants re­spon­si­ble for mov­ing pa­tients around, those jobs will fall to nurses.”

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