Health Services Union calls for greater scrutiny of new Health Services Bill

Wednesday 24 Feb 2016

The HSUWA welcomed the introduction of the new Health Services Bill 2016 into the State Parliament yesterday, but was concerned that there had not been the opportunity for any consultation on its content.

The new Bill will replace the Hospitals and Health Services Act 1927, and if passed through the parliament will affect major changes to the Western Australian health system.

HSUWA Secretary, Dan Hill said he was concerned at the lack of consultation with key stakeholders on drafting the Bill.

“Given that the Minister’s own media release described these as “significant reforms”, I am concerned that input was not sought from key stakeholders in the preparation of this important legislation,” he said.

“Whilst the State Government seems intent on pushing the legislation through the Parliament to enable a 1 July 2016 commencement date for the new arrangements, the Bill must be subject to full parliamentary and public scrutiny to ensure that it will provide for the best possible governance of our health system going forward.

“We do however welcome the employment certainty that the Bill provides for our members who will become employees of a Board governed health service, and in the case of Health Support Services (HSS) employees of a Chief Executive controlled statutory authority.

“Our members at HSS have campaigned hard to maintain their salaries and conditions under the HSUWA Industrial Agreement, and they will welcome yesterday’s announcement that delivers just that.”

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