Disaster response as WA nurses plan strike


2022-11-23 11:17:40

Lots of of elective surgical procedures might be cancelled and a disaster management centre set as much as handle an “unprecedented” nurses strike in Western Australia.

Nurses and midwives will stroll off the job on Friday after voting to reject the federal government’s newest pay supply.

The statewide strike is because of run from 7am to 9pm, with union members anticipated to rally exterior parliament.

Well being Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson says all class two and three surgical procedures for Thursday and Friday might be postponed.

Some class one surgical procedures are additionally prone to be impacted.

The state incident management centre might be activated to supervise the scenario and deploy sources the place wanted.

Ms Sanderson delivered a scathing rebuke to the Australian Nursing Federation, which had inspired its members to just accept the newest pay deal earlier than reversing its place.

“Make no mistake, it will have vital impression on sufferers,” she advised reporters on Wednesday.

“We’re doing every part we are able to to ameliorate that impression. That is uncontrolled industrial motion … we do not know the place it’s going to happen.”

Non-emergency outpatient appointments might be rescheduled or moved to telehealth, with oncology and dialysis sufferers amongst these affected.

Australian Nursing Federation WA state secretary Janet Reah has stated the strike will exclude emergency departments, intensive care models and acute pediatric care.

However Ms Sanderson stated the union had demonstrated a “full incapacity to handle their membership”.

“They’ve admitted they do not know how many individuals might be strolling off, they do not know the place they are going to be coming from,” she stated.

“That may be very uncommon for a union to not have that form of data or to work with the employer to make sure a protected surroundings stays whereas these staff take industrial motion.

“There are girls who’re attributable to give start on Friday. There are girls who’re attributable to be induced on Friday or are available in for an elective (caesarean).

“We are going to do every part we are able to to ensure you can start safely in our public well being system.”

Division of Well being director-general David Russell-Weisz stated about 650 elective surgical procedures had been booked throughout WA on any given day, together with 250 class one procedures and about 14,000 outpatient appointments.

Nurses and midwives have been supplied a 3 per cent annual pay rise, a one-off $3000 bonus and the introduction of nurse-to-patient ratios.

The union is now pushing for a 5 per cent pay rise, having beforehand flagged it could compromise on pay if ratios had been introduced in.

Nurses voted to reject the newest pay supply however solely about 4800 members responded to the net survey.

That represented lower than 1 / 4 of the state’s nursing and midwifery workforce.

“The problem the federal government has is we won’t take the ANF for its phrase. They have not been in a position to get issues over the road,” Ms Sanderson stated.

The nurses union is anticipated to deal with media afterward Wednesday.

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