The ADHSU has repeatedly raised concerns about the NSW Ambulance Professional Standards Unit (now PCI). See previous newsletter here.
The ADHSU has had to take PCI to the IRC to have multiple misconduct findings overturned on procedural and factual errors. There are obvious gaps in the processes and procedures that PCI applies to its investigations – this has been going on for years.
In the interest of protecting members from this Starsky and Hutch approach to investigating, the ADHSU wants to ensure these procedural failures are fixed and we are always willing to work with PCI to make this happen.
Unfortunately, yesterday, when the ADHSU proposed working with PCI to develop a Code of Conduct or a Code of Practice for PCI to rely upon when investigating matters, to ensure everyone subject to an investigation is treated in a consistent and fair manner, the idea was immediately shut down. PCI said it already follows all codes and policies so there is no need – well that’s a breach right there.
ADHSU delegates are disappointed at this outcome, and we hope PCI reconsiders its position. In the meantime, since PCI refuses to engage with us to rectify their clear procedural issues, we continue our previously issued ban on participating in their investigations.