Public Sector Updates – South
Royal Hobart Hospital
The ANMF conducted a meeting with members at the Royal Hobart Hospital Emergency Department on 23 September, to discuss ongoing workload concerns. Several key themes were evident including: staffing, workloads, and COVID-19 related logistics and protocols. Members resolved to escalate these concerns to a Step 1 Grievance. The ANMF will be writing a letter to this effect with the Tasmanian Health Service as soon as possible. We will notify members once a response to this has been received.
The ANMF conducted a meeting with nursing members at Royal Hobart Hospital Main Theatres on 24 September. The main themes related to caseloads, geographical footprint and transit times, storage confusion/inefficiencies, and recurrent overtime. Significantly, the effect of Industrial Action taken by other disciplines within Theatres (TSO’s, Aides) and the flow-on effect to nursing workloads was thoroughly reviewed. The ANMF will relay the outcomes of this meeting to management as soon as possible and liaise with Workplace Representatives as to ensuing plans for action.
Ward 2D – Cardiology
The ANMF conducted a meeting with members on 24 September at the Royal Hobart Hospital Ward 2D – Cardiology to review and discuss the Tasmanian Health Service response letter to workload/staffing concerns raised on 13 August 2020. These discussions identified several ongoing points of concern, each considered to bear significant influence over Cardiology’s clinical and professional prospects. As such, members resolved to pursue these matters via a Step 1 Grievance procedure. The ANMF will raise these concerns with the Tasmanian Health Service management as soon as possible and will reconvene with members once a response has been received.
Diabetes Education Centre
The ANMF conducted a meeting with members in the Diabetes Education Centre on 25 September, to collate feedback from members regarding the current Change Proposal regarding workload allocation and rotations for staff. Having arranged an extension to the deadline for feedback from the Tasmanian Health Service, the ANMF invite members who wish to submit their views on the proposed change to get in touch with our Member Support Team here.
Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (NPICU)
The ANMF will be holding a meeting with members at the Royal Hobart Hospital Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit on 6 October at 1400 hours. This meeting is in response to contact from members regarding the upcoming move of the service to K-Block, rostering, and other clinical concerns. All members are encouraged to attend this meeting, with further information available here.
Updates correct as at 1 October 2020.
Authorised by Emily Shepherd, ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary