HSUWA condemns SCGH and OPH job losses

Thursday 27 Feb 2014

The HSUWA was advised on Tuesday 18th February by the Executive Director of SCGH and OPH, Dr Robyn Lawrence, that 67 positions covered by our Union would be cut across the two hospitals. What we still don't know is exactly which positions will be lost, and we have been trying to seek some clarification from Dr Lawrence. (Copies of correspondence are available here and here)

We have also asked her to release the full Price Waterhouse Coopers report which identified the cost savings in the hospital so that we can scrutinise the methods and figures used. So far, she has refused to release the report.

At staff forums held at SCGH and OPH on Wednesday 26th February Dr Lawrence provided some further information (a copy of the presentation is available here). The extent of the cuts across the range of departments is now clearer, with the hardest hit being Occupational Therapy (24.3 and 1.9) and Physiotherapy (14.4 and 5.4). Departments must identify work practice changes and service redesign by 30 June 2014.

The HSUWA Committee of Management also met recently and formally condemned the job cuts. The Committee has also called on the Minister for Health and the Acting Director General to intervene and direct that the cuts not be implemented until the consultation requirements of the Agreement are met. This includes the release of the PWC report.

The Committee also resolved that all assistance necessary would be provided to protect members and oppose the cuts.

The HSUWA understands that this is a very stressful time for members and we encourage you to contact the union if you have any concerns.

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