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Casualisation of health staff costing tax payers

Casualisation of health staff costing tax payers



The use of agency staff at Graylands Hospital in Mt Claremont has come under fire from United Voice WA who says the casualisation of the hospital is costing tax payers money and reducing the job security of health employees.

United Voice WA, the union that represents hospital support staff, was notified by the Department of Health that in the months of August and September 2016 more than $297,276.00 was paid to Perth Recruitment to hire casual support staff.

United Voice WA Secretary Carolyn Smith said this amount is equivalent to paying for about 30 full-time Patient Care Assistants.

The Union was also told hiring levels of agency staff has been consistent at the hospital for at least six months.

It has been calculated that almost $900,000.00 has been spent on filling staffing gaps that the Department of Health has created by not offering permanent positions to support workers at Graylands Hospital.

“This is wasteful spending and just the latest example of the Barnett Liberal Government’s poor management of our health services,” said Ms Smith.

“To have a hospital that is dependent on agency staff is not good for patient outcomes and not good for employee job security.

“WA has the largest unemployment rate in Australia, and there are thousands of health workers who are desperate for a permanent and secure job.

“Health services is not a boom or bust industry, there is always consistent, if not increasing, levels of people who require health treatment.

“The Barnett Government has fritted away the mining boom and we’ve ended up with no money left for frontline services.”