News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Hospital Services Reduced As 34 Jobs Go - PSA

The now certain loss of 34 clerical jobs at Health Waikato will significantly reduce in-patient services for the community and mean hospital clinics will be less often and fewer in size, the PSA said today.

The staff - some of whom have been with the hospital more than 20 years - have learned their jobs are for the axe in late March. This was despite indications the cuts would be about half that number, PSA organiser Dianne Donald said.

`This is dramatically worse than we thought and there is real anger with management about the delay in starting the review and the way it is being handled,' she said.

Clerical services will be reduced by at least 15 per cent and work-loads will increase for the remaining clerical staff, and nurses and junior doctors whatever management may say, Ms Donald said.

`Clinics will be cut in size and number. In the longer term staff will be overworked and stressed and the result for the people of the Waikato will be more patients admitted as `acute' cases because they won't have been able to get to a clinic earlier.

`We know there is a lot of feeling in the community about this. We are rallying at lunch time today to fight these cuts and also to let the community show their opposition to reduced services in their hospital,' she said.

`The Waikato public should be aware what their hospital is doing. They are opting to pay redundancy to people who want to work yet we also know that in the middle of next year at least 25 clerical staff will be hired for data input on the hospital's new computer system!

`Perhaps some of our members will be rehired. Where is the sense and where is the prudent management in all this?' Ms Donald asked.

Rally details

What? Rally to fight hospital job cuts and services downgrading

Where? Meeting outside the Bryant Education Centre and marching to the intersection of Lorne and Pembroke Streets

When? Today from 12 noon.

ENDS....

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news