Staff could stop work

Union organiser Melissa Wagner said the union had been calling on the Department of Health to release its staff planning for Fiona Stanley for over a year but with no result.

Last week there were claims that more than 100 positions were set to go at Bentley Hospital and news that dozens of psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists could lose their jobs due to cuts at Fremantle Hospital.

‘Staff working for South Metro Health are very concerned about their lack of job security,’ Ms Wagner said.

‘They haven’t been told yet whether their positions will be redundant, or whether they’ll be moved to Fiona Stanley Hospital when it opens next year,’ she said.

The State Opposition’s Mental Health spokeswoman also called on the Government to come clean about plans to sack mental health workers at Fremantle Hospital, Rockingham Hospital, Bentley Hospital and also Armadale Hospital.

In Parliament, Health Minister Kim Hames said there would be an extra 1000 staff across the region in the transition to Fiona Stanley.

He said Bentley Hospital would remain with the number of beds currently there and will need the same number of staff, depending on whether obstetrics remained open once Fiona Stanley was opened.

He said the leaked study that had suggested 100 job losses was not a relevant document as it was the start of consultation and negotiation across the whole system.