Community Gathering and Walk - 31 August 2018 Update
The ANMF held a community rally on 31 August 2018 for the Bring your own bed campaign, this rally despite the weather was well attended and involved joint unions and members of the community.
It was an excellent show of support by the community and the broader ANMF membership. We will continue to advocate for our members in the LGH ED and the entire LGH as it continues to face bed block, increase in presentations to the ED and pressure amongst the entire hospital.
The LGH need more beds as the current capacity is not meeting the community requirement or demand and this is placing our members under increased workplace stress and pressure, as well as not being an optimal environment for the presenting patients, when the ED is over crowded and they are forced to wait days for an inpatient bed.
To show your support for the campaign please sign the online megaphone petition at bit.ly/2q890XN, like and share your photos with us, using #BringYourOwnBed @ANMFTasmania on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Daily Vigils on NOW at the LGH - Join Us!
Members continue to hold daily silent vigils between 1.19pm and 1.29pm at the LGH Charles Street entrance to the Emergency Department. These vigils will take place as long as it takes for members escalating concerns over in-patient capacity and emergency department overcrowding to be addressed by the Tasmanian Government. We invite all ANMF members, LGH staff and the broader community to attend.
Campaign Update - industrial action secures PEN nurse for LGH
On the 10th May 2018, the ANMF received correspondence from the Chief Executive Officer of the Tasmanian Health Service (THS) in response to ANMF letters sent on 27 March 2018 and 20 April 2018 highlighting our industrial campaign for the Emergency Department (ED).
As a result of our formal request from the ANMF Bring Your Own Bed Industrial Campaign at the Launceston General Hospital (LGH) ED we are pleased to report we have been able to secure the following commitment from the THS:
- A Psychiatric Emergency Nurse (PEN) will be piloted for 12 months at the LGH working afternoon shift seven days a week. This will be funded out of additional resources as we have been strongly advocating for since 2016. This will be commencing as soon as possible.
- A transit lounge will be opening prior to winter commencing.It will have a capacity of 12 spaces, this should greatly assist patient flow within the LGH.
The ANMF commend members at the LGH ED for their industrial action, through this action the above positive outcomes have been secured. The ANMF will continue to advocate for the other requested outcomes from our members. The ANMF will conduct a member meeting at the LGH ED in the following weeks to discuss the current campaign. We would encourage all members to attend this meeting. Meeting flyers to follow.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the ANMF Member Support Team on 1800 001 241 (outside Hobart area) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Bring Your Own Bed Campaign
Members of the ANMF working at the Launceston General Hospital (LGH) Emergency Department (ED) have continued to raise concerns regarding consistent bed block and ramping in the department. Ongoing bed block at the LGH places the entire ED under considerable strain and workload pressure, this is directly related to an inadequate number of acute inpatient beds, with the current bed numbers not meeting the demands of patients presenting to the ED. The ANMF have been raising these concerns with Tasmanian Health Service (THS) management, and directly with the Minister for Health, since June 2016. Members are frustrated by the lack of action despite positive solutions being put forward.
As a result, members have committed to industrial action. This action commenced on Monday 19th March 2018 and involves postcards being handed to patients and their families who have been waiting excessive lengths of time in the ED for hospital admission. These postcards will then be sent to the Minister for Health for action. In addition, ANMF have launched a Megaphone petition for the broader community to get involved with by signing online. You can view the petition online here.
Members working at the LGH ED will continue industrial action until the ANMF receive a commitment for the following outcomes (as identified by members) to resolve the current bed block crisis:
- Funding, staffing and opening up all beds on ward 4D at the LGH to its full capacity.
- Funding, staffing and opening up all beds on 4K at the LGH to its full capacity.
- Funding, staffing and opening up currently closed beds in the Intensive Critical Care Unit to be used as a High Dependency Unit.
- An action plan for respiratory isolation.
- Funding to staff permanent assistants in nursing (AINs) as sitters on the medical wards, to alleviate nursing staff from undertaking double shifts.
- A long-term commitment to fund and open additional medical and geriatric beds at the LGH.
- Funding to staff after hours allied health positions within the ED.
- More telemetry units purchased as often patients are waiting in the ED for a unit to become available on the wards.
- Implementation of Psychiatric Emergency Nurses seven days a week, 24 hours a day, to de-escalate and support all challenging emergency presentations, and that these positions are funded from additional resources.
During the campaign launch this week, ANMF member and registered nurse, Thomas Millen described the situation as “heartbreaking”. He along with his colleagues are not able to provide the quality care that they wish to. Thomas indicated that the area was operating more like a ward than an emergency department and that patients continued to flow in but there was no flow out to in-patient beds.
In response to the launch, the Minister for Health released a media statement saying that all the aforementioned strategies had been agreed to and was confused by the industrial action. He stated that it appeared to be a thinly veiled campaign to increase wages. As a result, ANMF will be writing directly to the Minister for Health seeking timeframes for implementation of members proposed solutions and will be reiterating that these concerns have been ongoing since 2016 and are not related to the public sector EA negotiations.
If you have any questions or concerns about the campaign, please contact the ANMF Member Support Team on (03) 6223 6777 or 1800 001 241 (if outside Hobart). Alternatively, email email@example.com.
Daily vigils continue at the LGH Emergency Department entrance on Charles street between 1.19pm and 1.29pm.
Sign the Megaphone petition
Media and Media Releases:
13 September 2018 - The Examiner
12 September 2018 - Launceston General Hospital Emergency Department Chaos
6 July 2018 - The Examiner
29 March 2018 - ANMF Call on Minister for Action
19 March 2018 - ANMF Launch LGH Campaign