Anaesthetists return to work unhappy

By WILL JACKSON

LISMORE'S anaesthetists are offering to go back to work on Monday despite being unhappy with the North Coast Area Health Service's latest offer.

The doctors held a meeting last night to discuss the proposal made on Monday by NCAHS chief executive Chis Crawford.

Dr Megan Gray said the general feeling among the anaesthetists was that the new offer was 'not an improvement'.

Under the terms of the deal, anaesthetists would have rostered shifts in the hospital rather than being on call, but they would lose their 25 per cent loading for outof-hours work, Dr Gray said.

"It requires us to work more hours for less pay," she said.

Instead, the anaesthetists are offering to work by the terms of their previous contract that ended on June 30 until the end of September ? if the NCAHS agrees.

In the next six weeks the anaesthetists will submit a proposal 'that has been successful in another rural city in NSW' they say will resolve the dispute.

They are also looking at getting an 'independent negotiator' to act on their behalf in the discussions.

The anaesthetists last night also discussed tendering for the provision of services to the Richmond Valley area.

However, Dr Gray said they were concerned about legal ramifications.

They're worried they could be fined or sued if they fail to provide a service due to circumstances beyond their control.



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