HSUWA calls for security not to be outsourced

Friday 06 Sep 2019

The Health Services Union of WA (HSUWA) is calling for the Peel Health Campus to withdraw its decision to outsource security after 11 security officers were told they would no longer be needed at the hospital.

Eight full time and three casual security officers were informed of the changes yesterday, which will see services outsourced to Resolute Security Services.

HSUWA Secretary Naomi McCrae said this is an extremely disappointing decision not only for the workers who have lost their jobs, but also for other staff and the public who feel unsafe at the hospital.

“The HSUWA is currently offering assistance to our members involved in this very difficult and uncertain time,” Ms McCrae said.

“Outsourcing security isn’t a solution to keeping health workers and the public safe in our hospitals. We should instead be focusing on employing more in-house security and better integrating security into our emergency departments.

“Sub-contracting arrangements create an environment where the control of the hospital’s security is handled by a separate commercial business, which is simply unsafe and unacceptable.

“At a hospital that has experienced a growing number of violent incidents, security should be directly handled on-site by a skilled team who understands the hospital’s needs.

“HSUWA urges Ramsay Health Care to reconsider this decision and take direct responsibility for the Peel Health Campus security requirements.

“It is disappointing following the state government’s Stop the Violence Summit that Ramsay would choose to disregard concerns of the health community and go ahead and outsource security.

“The safety of our hospitals is of huge concern not only to health workers but also to the wider community, and outsourcing or sub-contracting services is not the answer to safer hospitals,” Ms McCrae said.

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