Canberra Public Hospital Bruce: ACT Health Minister makes commitments to staff

Since the announcement of the acquisition of Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, union members have been deeply concerned by the lack of transparency. Members were not given enough information about why this decision was made or what will happen next.

Last Wednesday HSU members met with ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith. Members raised their concerns that this change may negatively impact workplace culture, sense of community, and conditions. The Minister expressed her commitment that the upcoming changes will not negatively impact members working lives.

A challenge facing the Territory Government is that they are not able to directly communicate with Calvary Employees about the upcoming changes. The Government has asked the HSU to distribute a letter from Minister Stephen-Smith to CPHB employees. This letter can be read at the link below:

We ask all members to read the letter and distribute it amongst your colleagues.

In this letter the Minister has made some important commitments, including that everyone will continue doing the same job, in the same team, with the same manager, and on the same pay and conditions.

This letter is a step in the right direction. Now we need to make sure these promises are kept. If there are concerns in your department please touch base with your local organiser, Nathan Collins at [E-Mail not displayed].

Union members at Calvary have made a difference – the Government have made important commitments. If you know someone who is not a member, encourage them to join our Union today and have a say at work. We are always stronger when we stand together.

New members can join at or call 1300 478 679.