The HSU has received a formal response from Port Macquarie Base Hospital following the recent sub branch meeting at which members endorsed a number of reasonable resolutions. Management, in the letter which you can read here, have ignored your calls for more information and have indicated that they plan to open Ward 1B without adequate resourcing and without supplying the relevant information members called for on 9th November.
The HSU urges members to read the response to the demands (listed below) which arose at your last sub branch meeting:
In reference to information requested on 25/09/20 and subsequently provided to the HSU from the LHD. The sub branch notes that there is an over reliance on casual employees and consequently demands that casual employees who are engaged to work on a regular basis be offered permanent positions. Furthermore, the sub branch reiterates that the requested information by HSU, including bed occupancy statistics, occasions of service from allied health of both inpatient and outpatients for the previous 12 months, be provided by the LHD by close of business Friday 30th October 2020.
This sub branch will consider to agree to the opening of Ward 1B, as a 12 bed surge unit, provided that: a. the PMBH removes the other 10 beds from the ward and b. the sub branch and the HSU have received all relevant data, from the PMBH, as outlined Resolution 1 as well as all proposed rostering arrangements, for members’ consideration and feedback and HSU members are subsequently satisfied that the staffing resources are adequate to provide the proper care for patients and families in a safe working environment for all health workers.
This sub branch endorses that all surge beds on other wards and units located within PMBH are removed from the wards and units and not allowed to open.
A sub branch meeting will be held next week to discuss what action you as HSU members are prepared to take, given this lack of regard and courtesy for staff and for patients’ wellbeing. Members will be notified of the meeting venue and time via SMS once confirmed.