HACSU MEMBERS HAVE DEMANDED MORE RESOURCES FROM MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT FOLLOWING MONTHS OF ONGOING CONCERNS

HACSU Assistant Secretary Robbie Moore announced that HACSU members working in Northside, the acute Mental Health inpatient unit at the LGH, have advised management of imminent industrial action if longstanding staffing and safety concerns are not addressed within 7 days.

Workers have been recording various issues relating to staffing and safety since before Christmas. Despite the constant pressure on workers, THS management have failed to act.

Robbie Moore said, “These documents reveal that there is constant pressure on workers. Staff are not replaced when there is someone on sick leave, there are issues with safe staffing levels in the High Dependency Unit, workers are not able to have their meal breaks and patients are not receiving the level of care they should.

“We are now faced with a situation where due to mismanagement on the part of THS, some of the most vulnerable and volatile members of our community are left to suffer without the support they need and deserve. This issue could have and should have been dealt with by providing the resources that are required.”

HACSU will continue to work with local area management to alleviate the issue and address the very real risk that Mental Health workers face when they are under-resourced.

The responsibility lies with the CEO and the Health Minister; local area management are hamstrung by restrictive recruitment processes and apathy at higher levels.

“We know that many HACSU members share deep concerns for the clients and face real challenges when they are forced to only provide the bare minimum in respect to the care and service they provide to the clients they are dealing with,” said Robbie Moore.

“The Tasmanian Government, especially the Health Minister, can and must do more to
provide services that are required by the community.”
HACSU ASSISTANT SECRETARY ROBBIE MOORE