Jobs cut at WCH due to health crisis: work
Labor says the job cuts are expected to take effect from next week, as the hospital’s overcrowding crisis peaked last night with emergency services capacity reaching 250%.
The state government has hit back at the allegations, saying the cut health posts were never permanent staff but rather temporary additional workers employed during the pandemic.
Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas said this morning “that it is deeply concerning that a closer examination of the budget documents has revealed that we are seeing a reduction in our health care system both in terms of dollars but also in terms of people ”.
He said 371 people would be “removed from health jobs in our health system as of next week” – including 39 for women and children.
“It just doesn’t make sense at a time when our healthcare system is in crisis,” he said.
“It’s fewer people, fewer resources for women and children at a time when we see extraordinarily high demand in our health care system.
“You don’t fix the ramp-up by cutting staff and funding. “
Treasurer Rob Lucas said “we always end up using more than we budget”.
“There are 800 (health workers) employed this year more than what we budgeted for last year, so that number is going to increase anyway,” he said.
“The second problem is inevitably, as we cross the COVID peak, that some of these people employed in short-term contacts… will no longer be needed. “
Lucas said, for example, that it is hoped that the additional staff employed at COVID testing centers and immunization clinics “is going to be drastically reduced or, hopefully, we won’t need them anymore.”
He didn’t know if 39 jobs were going to disappear from Women’s and Children’s.
“I don’t believe everything Peter Malinauskas claims,” he said.
“He claims we have reduced health. We spend $ 900 million more a year on health than he spent in their last budget when he was Minister of Health.
“We employ 1,000 more people in the health sector than when he was Minister of Health in 2017-18.
“We employ 258 more paramedics than he employed when he was Minister of Health.
“I say to Peter Malinauskas, ‘Give us a break. We don’t believe everything you claim. We are spending a lot more on health than you ever have and we don’t believe everything you say ”.
The treasurer yesterday announced a price of $ 1.95 billion for the new hospital for women and children, but revealed that its opening date has been pushed back to 2027, raising concerns about how the existing hospital will cope until then.
Leading obstetrician, Associate Professor John Svigos, wants a guarantee from the government that the existing hospital will not be neglected in the meantime.
“There are two simultaneous actions required by the government and SA Health, first to resolve the women’s and children’s health crisis that already exists at the current WCH and second, to review and resolve the multiple shortcomings of the proposed new WCH”, a- he declared. said in a letter to Daily.
Svigos said the current hospital “is well below an acceptable standard for women and children in this state, and will now have to be adhered to until at least 2027.”
He echoed the doctors’ union concerns that while the new hospital will have a much larger emergency department, it will only have one additional overnight pediatric bed to admit sick children.
Labor said despite government claims that the health cuts were the result of an increase in temporary jobs during the pandemic, all 371 jobs were being cut from local health networks and included contact tracers and medical staff.
The budget also included $ 163.5 million for mental health, including a new 16-bed crisis center to be built in northern Adelaide and eight additional psychiatric intensive care beds.
But it fell far short of what mental health advocates and clinicians wanted, prompting the man who has garnered intense attention in the industry in recent months to go wild.
John Mendoza – who resigned to protest the government’s lack of action earlier this year from his post as executive director of mental health and prison health services at the Central Adelaide Local Health Network – said there had “no strategy, no consistency.”
“It will not solve emergency room wait times or other chronic problems,” he said on Twitter.
“The treasurer said” mental health will be a central part of South Africa’s budget. “
“Looks like a termite board from the landfill. “
The treasurer said “#mental health will be a central element of the SA budget ”. Looks like a termite board from the landfill. No strategy, no consistency. It will not solve emergency room wait times or other chronic problems. @ sasmoa4docteurs @PDFurst @PictonChris @ali__clarke @RebeccadiGirola https://t.co/pIB01yQ1bD
– John Mendoza (@ johno0910) June 22, 2021
Lucas said the mental health program was supported by chief psychiatrist Dr John Brayley.
“We are taking the advice of people who still work within the system,” he said.
“There will always be defenders like John Mendoza and others who say it’s not enough and we need more.
“The reality is that the government has made a very significant investment in mental health and we will see significant improvements in terms of what we deliver. “
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