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Friday Wrap: Our week in review


Medicare cuts, rebates freeze and higher costs for pathology tests still on the table

Medicare bannerSO MALCOLM Turnbull is saying he’s backed down from privatising Medicare … but he’s still got a $5m Medicare Privatisation Task Force.

What else? He’s:

Enforcing the freeze on Medicare rebates, which makes health care less affordable. GPs in our state are already stopping bulk billing because of this freeze.

Slashing our public health system, Tassie hospitals are still set to lose $20 million next year and $1.1 billion over eight years – this is a health system where a woman was forced to give birth in an emergency ward because there weren’t enough beds. 

Cutting $650 million from Medicare in its half-year Budget review, including cuts to Medicare for pathology tests and scans including MRI, X-Rays, CAT scans and mammograms. This means patients will have to pay more.

Meanwhile corporations get a tax cut.

Sign the Medicare petition here.

Consultation training

IMG_5296YESTERDAY we held our first Consultation and Change training in Hobart. It was a great day, with participants from Child Protection, Speech Pathology, WorkSafe Tasmania, The Department of Police and Emergency Management, the Tas Health Service and Health.

The course was about giving these Delegates the skills and knowledge they need to represent Members in their workplace on issues about change and the consultative process.

See photos from the day here.

There’s another Consultation and Change course on in August – find this and other modules in our 2016 training schedule below.

2016 Delegate & Member Training

Save our Weekend photos

SOW_HEADER_1600x500_ausunionsON SATURDAY we joined other unions at a Save our Weekend national day of action on Parliament House lawns.

You can check out the photos here.

Cutting weekend rates would be a massive pay cut to many working Tasmanians.

Sign the petition here.

Launceston General Hospital in crisis, staff resign

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From The Examiner: A doctor at the Launceston General Hospital (LGH) has resigned over what she says is a lack of action to address problems in the emergency department.

Nine of 11 specialist doctors from the hospital’s emergency department are resigning, retiring or reducing their hours.

Dr Grace Sousa is one of the doctors who has resigned.

She said a shortage of ward beds in the hospital meant patients could not be transferred out of the ED and new patients could not be admitted.

“I’m trying to ask patients personal questions while they’re sitting in a chair, in a row of other patients who are being similarly sort of … mistreated,” she said.

“I see patients with dangerous situations in an area that’s not appropriate for the issue that they’re having.

“Someone delivered a baby in that area a few weeks ago.

“It really puts you in a position where you feel like your patients are suffering, and that bad things have happened, bad things are bound to happen in an area where we have too much overcrowding.”

Read more of this story here.

Defending Public Services together: United Nations Public Service Day 2016

publicservice_logoYESTERDAY was United Nations Public Service Day.

Public Services International General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli said ”we need to ensure multinationals pay their fair share of tax and that governments use this revenue to drive public sector growth through investment in universal, quality public services. Universal access to these public services is a pre-condition for healthy economies and just and equitable societies”. PSI has focused on the dangers of privatising our public services, which are there to build better lives for all of us.

PSI International says: When market dynamics and profit maximisation govern the provision of public services, broader social and environmental sustainability objectives are no longer achievable. Public resources and commons become endangered, transparency and democratic civic scrutiny are weakened and the overall economic and social costs to the community rise. There is no evidence that the private sector is more efficient than the public sector. On the contrary, there is growing evidence of the failure of privatisation, be it through sale of assets, outsourcing, concession or public-private partnerships.

Thank youas public sector staff you’re working to strengthen our communities every day. As Delegates who are active in your workplaces and in your union, you are helping to defend public services that our communities need.

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