| Yesterday morning, the dangerous hours that junior doctors work was discussed on ABC Radio.
Speaking on the Victorian class actions, Dr Roderick McRae, President of ASMOF VIC, called out the ‘wilful blindness’ from management on junior doctor hours, which sees your real workload, and the real cost of managing the public hospital system safely, radically underestimated.
Emily, a doctor in ASMOF VIC’s class action, is also interviewed in the program. ‘The point of being paid overtime…is so the management actually see it and acknowledge it’s a problem’ she said.
You can listen to the ABC feature here. Content warning- the story discusses doctor suicide.
Our legal action to address unpaid overtime and unsafe hours is progressing and we have now taken 40 statements from members.
These statements form just one part of our evidence. We have also amassed significant evidence about underpayments from years of undertaking pay audits for ASMOF members.
You may recall that last year we invoked our Union Right of Entry at Bankstown Hospital to access and review DIT rosters, unrostered overtime claims, call back claims, and other documentation. The evidence of underpayments gathered in this process will also form part of our contravention action.
All this evidence will certainly prove hard to continue wilfully ignoring.
This evening our DIT Councillors will be meeting to discuss the next steps for our Time's Up campaign as we approach our launch date.
Thanks to all our members who have given their time to support our action.