Government hospital workers say the health system has deteriorated under Barnett’s rule

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Almost three-quarters of government hospital workers believe the health system has deteriorated under the Liberal Government according to a survey carried out by United Voice.

The union which represents hospital support staff and enrolled nurses surveyed more than 1000 members about the current state of the West Australian health system.

Eighty-three per cent of hospital workers believe the State and Federal Government cuts to the health system have negatively affected patient care.

While more than eight out of ten believe the State Government’s management of the health system will lead to negative patient outcomes and clinical errors.

Workers were also worried about privatisation in hospitals; with 74% of those surveyed concerned the Barnett Government has a plan to private their hospital in the future.

And more than three-quarters of those surveyed believe that further privatisation of hospitals will erode the quality of health care in WA.

United Voice Assistant Secretary Pat O’Donnell said the results were unsurprising given the discontent many people feel about the Liberal Government’s handling of state hospitals.

“You just have to look at all of the issues at the new Perth Children’s Hospital to know the  government is failing when it comes to hospital management,” said Mr O’Donnell.

“The problem is the Barnett Government are a complete circus, the public have given them eight years to deliver quality hospitals and education, but they haven’t even come close.  

“Over the past eight years staff have had to endure high levels of insecurity, redundancy and an increase in workloads.

“This has put immense pressure on hospital resources to provide quality care and support for patients.

“The results clearly show the morale of staff is incredibly low.

“They deserve secure employment given the importance of their work.” 

 

The West Australian, October 1-2, 2016, page 28.

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