Merry Christmas from the Doctors’ Union

14-Dec-2018

The end of the year is always a time for reflection.

This year we can look back over the last 12 months and be extremely proud of the way we have come through as a stronger and more resilient union.

Membership has grown by 10 per cent and as memberships grows and as more doctors realise what it means to be a proud member of The Doctors’ Union we will have more successes, we will make management more accountable and we will ensure our hospitals become better places to work.

Our Union exists to advance the interests of salaried doctors in NSW and to advocate for the provision of quality health care. To achieve this, we must ensure that you have a powerful voice at work. That is why we remain a democratic, member lead organisation, run by doctors for doctors with passionate and dedicated staff and members.

In 2018, that passion and dedication was clear for all to see.

Our members stood firm against attacks on long held conditions like access to proper office accommodation. We have continued to campaign against hospital privatisation. We continue to fight to improve the health and well-being of doctors in training. And we have successfully campaigned, negotiated and advocated collectively and individually for thousands of members.

But there remain many issues ahead of us. The NSW Government retains its unfair wages policy which makes it impossible for us to negotiate changes to our Awards on core issues like work health and safety.

And, almost inexplicably, the NSW government does not recognise the folly of privatisation.

Privatising public hospitals, an essential service, defies logic full-stop. No further proof is needed than the shambles at the Northern Beaches Hospital with understaffing, shortages of vital drugs and medical supplies and discontent among medical staff.

Unfortunately, public-private partnerships have been part of the NSW Government’s agenda for over 30 years but there is yet to be a successful hospital privatisation. The Port Macquarie Hospital public-private partnership failed, costing the NSW taxpayer over $80 million to buy it back 13 years after it was privatised.

We don’t know what will happen with Northern Beaches in the long run. But in the short-term failure is not an option.

Our members are dedicated professionals. And the union is committed to working with HealthScope and NSW Health to resolve current and any future concerns. We are also committed to making Northern Beaches Hospital a safe, enjoyable and professionally stimulating environment for all our members.

Finally, on behalf of ASMOF, I’d like to thank all our officials, staff, delegates and members across the state for your efforts and solidarity this year. We wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas and New Year season, and all the very best for 2019.

 

Andrew Holland
Executive Director