John Hunter Hospital: Security Understaffing

Yesterday, Hunter New England LHD confirmed its intention to “rob Peter to pay Paul” in order to address long-term, ongoing safety concerns in relation to security staffing at the John Hunter Hospital. 

Over the past several months, security officers and health workers at John Hunter have pleaded with the employer to increase staffing at the Hospital in order to prevent harm to health workers and the public. 

Instead of simply increasing staff at the hospital, the employer is proposing to take away existing services at Wallsend and Morisset Hospital which will then potentially be reallocated to the John Hunter. 

This will lead to either a net reduction of hours across the three sites or just maintain the current status quo while robbing other worksites of much-needed services. 

The employer has given no indication of when staffing at John Hunter will be increased and has simply committed to a “review” which will take place on the 2nd of February. 

HSU members are sick of reviews and are calling on the LHD to act now to address security staffing without depriving other hospitals of resources.

This important issue will be discussed at a Sub Branch meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 20th January, in the Cafeteria Courtyard at 2pm. All members are urged to attend and discuss a response to the employer’s decision.

If you know someone who hasn’t yet joined, invite them to come along the meeting and get on board with the HSU. It’s vital that we all stand together to defend justice in the workplace. New members can join at or call 1300 478 679.