Shadow Minister for Health and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has issued a statement describing staffing issues in the Intensive Care Unit at the Canberra Hospital as “diabolical” and linking the problems with the cost of light rail.
Nurses at the hospital have lodged an industrial dispute over staffing levels in the unit. ACT Health is currently advertising to fill several nursing positions there.
“This latest development in the nurses’ lodgment of an industrial dispute again demonstrates that now is the worst time for the Barr government to be squandering $1 billion on light rail,” Mr Hanson said.
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“Simon Corbell’s core job as Health Minister should be to adequately staff critical areas inside the hospital.”
“He needs to listen to the concerns of nurses and doctors because they know best what is required in terms of staffing when it comes to healthcare.
“Only last week, data revealed just 39 percent of patients classified as ‘urgent’ were seen on time at the Canberra Hospital emergency department.
“The situation is diabolical and ACT Health needs the government’s attention.”
A spokesman for Mr Corbell said there was no link between the ICU staffing problems and the cost of light rail and that in fact the health budget for this financial year was the largest ever at $1.5 billion.
He said ACT Health had already hired additional ICU nurses with the recruitment process to continue.
This advertisement for ICU nurses first appeared on Seek on October 8 with applications closing October 22.