Maitland Hospital Privatisation: Combined Union Meeting

25-Aug-2017
     

 

As members will be aware, Maitland Hospital is being proposed to be privatised by a not-for-profit operator.

On Wednesday 23 August, the combined health unions met with staff to discuss the industrial implications on their conditions and entitlements, and the impact it will have on safe patient care.

The proposal appears to be nothing like Newcastle’s Calvary Mater Hospital or Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital, which are required as conditions of funding to follow the same clinical Policy Directives and equivalent industrial arrangements as NSW public hospitals.

Executive Director of ASMOF, Andrew Holland, spoke about examples across the state whereby not-for-profit Hospitals have consistently tried to undermine conditions of consultants through their Enterprise Agreement negotiations.

He noted examples at other not-for-profit Hospitals, such as Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, who actively attempted to reduce the TESL entitlement of Staff Specialists far below the standards set by NSW Health in the public system. While ASMOF was successful in ensuring that did not occur, Mr Holland raised concern that a not-for-profit operator in Maitland may explore similar options to cut costs, which will be to the detriment of our members’ clinical practice, and the patients that rely on their service.

Further, MP for Maitland, Jenny Aitchinson, will be debating the privatisation of the Hospital in Parliament on September 14, 2017. If you would like to attend alongside our industrial staff and your health colleagues, please contact Industrial Officer Damien Lee via damienl@asmof.org.au, or alternatively call the ASMOF Office on 9212 6900.

As always, the Doctors’ Union will continue to campaign for a properly funded public Hospital in Maitland which will promote and protect the conditions of our members and which will ensure that our junior doctors are properly trained.