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Health workers anxious over job cuts

PATIENTS will suffer most from $200 million worth of cutbacks planned for the North Coast Area Health Service, New South Wales Nurses' Association general secretary Susan Pearce has warned.

“The patient will ultimately suffer and this affects our members who are whole-heartedly concerned for their care,” she said.

NSW Health Minister John Della Bosca was reported yesterday saying 400 jobs would be cut from the health service, but there would be no forced redundancies.

Ms Pearce said yesterday there had been no formal discussion about job losses with the Minister or the health service. It was not known how many of the 400 jobs cut would be nurses.

“It is unsettling, especially in this financial climate. Any suggestion of job cuts is making people nervous,” she said.

A health service spokesman was yesterday unable to confirm the number of jobs to be cut. However, he said hospital managers across the North Coast would meet with staff to explain financial imperatives.

The Government's instruction to avoid cutting frontline jobs comes as little comfort to Therese Crollick, Health Services' Union sub-branch president at Lismore Base Hospital.

“Their idea of frontline workers are doctors and nurses, but if services in pathology, physiotherapy and the kitchen are cut then nurses and doctors simply won't be able to do their job,” she said.



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