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Westmead Precinct Update

The HSU has received formal advice that initial recruitment for the new Central Acute Services Building (CASB) has started. This advice also includes a rundown of the FTE being recruited. Click on the links to view the letter to the HSU and CASB recruitment document.

While this seems to be a step in the right direction, there are still a number of concerns – including the tight timeframe to complete the recruitment process, onboard the successful applicants and fully train and induct new staff before the 17th of February 2021. 

We believe the additional 33 FTE for Environmental Services is just not enough to maintain the cleanliness of the new building once it’s fully operational. At least another 30 FTE are required.

Your HSU delegates and representatives have continually raised these concerns with the Westmead Executive and made it very clear – understaffing leads to poorer outcomes. If there aren’t enough staff from the 17th of February, don’t expect the same outcomes until there is. 

Members are already stretched to their limits and any increases to workload could mean that standards drop or that patient care is compromised. Nobody wants that.

So, with some recruitment happening, your HSU delegates and representatives will continue to pressure Westmead Executive for proper staffing levels.

If necessary, we will take our fight to the NSW Government. We need to meet the new levels of activity, not rely on minimum staffing levels on a shoestring budget. 

As we move closer to the February 17th date, it’s vital that all members stay updated, engaged and united so the voices of health workers are heard loud and clear.

Please, encourage every worker to join our Union, adding their voice to the clamour for a fairer workplace which puts workers first and foremost. Joining is easy: visit www.hsu.asn.au/join or call 1300 478 679.