Dunne: Labor’s health split ‘disaster’

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IN a rushed move to split the health directorate, job stability, pay and conditions for ACT Health staff are under threat, says Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne. 

Vicki Dunne.
A ministerial brief obtained under Freedom of Information laws shows critical decisions surrounding finance, logistics, reporting and staff arrangements will not be finalised until September 28, which is the last working day before the health restructure will take effect.

Ms Dunne says the brief, which is dated July 25, noted a likelihood for high anxiety among staff who face uncertainty about their futures, with some staff likely to lose access to salary packaging benefits.

“These documents show that little thought has been put into the restructure before July this year,” she says. 

“Critical decisions on finance, logistics and staffing arrangements won’t be finalised until the eleventh hour, and in the meantime staff are being left in limbo.

“Labor is hurrying through massive changes to a core area of public service without having taken necessary steps and measures to explore all options and mitigate damage.

“This is policy on the run, and it’s a disaster in the making.”

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