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HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO TAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION
HUNDREDS OF ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ACROSS TASMANIA ARE SET TO COMMENCE INDUSTRIAL ACTION FOLLOWING THEIR DUMPING FROM THE NEW TASMANIA HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE.
From next Tuesday Allied Health Professionals in the Tasmanian Health Service will commence industrial action after the new CEO of the THS refused to reconsider his decision not to have a specific voice for allied health professionals on his Executive team.
Instead Dr Alcorn has referred responsibility for the leadership and representation of the second largest professional workforce in the THS to an Executive Director who is already responsible for Nursing and Midwifery.
“Our Allied Health Professional members feel insulted by this decisions and the failure of the CEO to reconsider has angered them to the degree they have decided to take action,” Tim Jacobson HACSU State Secretary said.
“The action is designed to have no impact on service users but maximum effect on THS Management. Members have vowed to escalate the action should the Dr Alcorn not reconsider his position,” Mr Jacobson said.
Allied Health Professions include, Speech Pathologist, Physiotherapist, Social Worker, Podiatrist, Pharmacist, Radiographer, Occupational Therapist, Dental Therapist and are key to the operation of an effective health system.
Both Nursing and Allied Health Professional Associations across the State have protested that the work of representing such a large and diverse workforce can’t be undertaken by a single person and the unique roles AHPs perform within health service delivery must be represented at the Executive team level.
“The management model Dr Alcorn is proposing for the THS might have been appropriate for a health system in the 1950s but it won’t work in 2016,” CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch said.
“It is hospital and acute care focussed and ignores the importance of community care and the role of allied health professionals in getting patients out of hospital beds and back into their homes,” Mr Lynch said.
On behalf of their members both the CPSU and HACSU have sought a meeting with Minister Ferguson so they can explain directly to him the detrimental impact of not allowing specific representation on the Executive will have on patients and clients.