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– Get Old and Get Sacked –
– QLD Health Minister destroys careers –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 18th July 2013 |
The  QLD Government has taken career opportunity to new lengths when it agreed with a policy to sack long-term and experience nursing staff to make way for raw and new graduates.

Read story below:

Experienced nurses axed to make way for graduates in Metro North restructure


| Author: Janelle Miles | Date: 18th July 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

DOZENS of experienced nurses will be axed from northside Brisbane hospitals to make way for unemployed graduates.

Nurses have received letters signed by Metro North Health’s Nursing and Midwifery Services executive director Lesley Fleming outlining the changes, to take effect from July 31.

“As part of the consultation process we will address likely effects of the changes on employees, including number and category of employees likely to be dismissed,” the letter said.

Documents supplied to the Queensland Nurses Union indicate up to 140 full-time experienced bedside nurses, out of about 3500, will lose their jobs under the restructure.

Hospitals affected include the Royal Brisbane and Women’s, Prince Charles, Redcliffe, Caboolture and Kilcoy.

The restructure will make way for the employment of 140 graduate nurses.

Queensland Nurses Union secretary Beth Mohle said the restructure, and loss of experienced registered nurses, came on top of more than 350 nursing redundancies in Metro North since the election of the Newman Government in March last year.

“It’s absolutely outrageous,” she said. “Our phones have been running hot with distressed nurses contacting us.

“This is just totally unacceptable. We need to find a solution for employing new graduates, as we’ve been saying for some time, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of experienced registered nurses who have done nothing but give loyal and hardworking service.”

A spokesman for Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the minister endorsed the strategies Metro North Health had put in place the ensure the long-term viability of the nursing profession through providing opportunities for graduate nurses.

Metro North Health was contacted for comment.

This decision boggles the mind – the wealth of experience and knowledge lost in those 140 positions can never be recovered – how many mistakes will now be made with patients because of the loss of that experience.

Then there is the realisation that careers now end on someone elses decision – how does 140 experience nurses start a new career or placement when Government Health funding is beyond its limits. The chances of these displaced nurses getting similar employment have to be poor – particularly when Government policy is to replace experienced and long-term employees with raw an inexperience graduates.

This story is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to stupidity within Government – politicians in positions to make these types of dumb decisions need to be exposed and made accountable for the decisions made.   How can a decision like this be justified?

If there are no nursing positions available for new Graduates – why do honest hard-working nurses need to be sacked to make way for raw recruits?  This is an abomination of a decision and needs to be fought at every opportunity – else all ages workers will be on the scrap heap as other Departments and Employers take their que from this policy.

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  1. The Parable
    July 18, 2013 at 10:38 am

    It is indeed a jaundiced world we live in.

    This case above, government condoned sacking of mature workers is about reinvigorating at best. At worst it is economic vandalism. Somewhere in between is the truth. Who has the loudest voice, who has the last word?

    All things are layers, just like an onion. You remove one layer and it is different, Much the same but different, and as you peel away each layer there is something different each time. Ultimately you get to the core. Beyond the core there is only the new shoot or potential. After that there is nothing. No thing.

    Jaundiced is a chosen word. Jaundice the noun meaning yellowing of the skin, caused by liver disease. Jaundiced the adjective affect with envy, resentment.

    On Monday night Lateline broke the earth shattering story that our aged are being abused and suffering terribly in the aged care system. Yet we have increased life expectancy in the last century by 20 years. Our aged are being kept alive not necessarily with quality of life.

    Here by sacking mature aged workers; we want to celebrate how it is a young persons world, exciting, audacious, more vibrant attitude, vivacity change yet we wholly overlook the benefits of maturity, like wisdom and grace and knowing. Once more youth v maturity are the opposite ends of the spectrum and somewhere between the 2 is balance.

    Talk back radio today is debating human rights refugee v economic refugee. They are both on the same spectrum. On one end the starving, the human misery, and somewhere else those who need to improve their prospects. Those whose labours are tinged with envy or resentment.

    It is indeed a jaundiced world we live in.

  2. Paul
    July 19, 2013 at 9:05 am

    New graduate nurses are cheaper to employ. That’s their only priority here. I know in Melbourne under Kennett they started the process (now widespread) of contracting Grads for a year, then dumping them (less the few needed to help mentor the following year’s grads). Queensland Hospitals are not run anymore on experience and intelligence. Everything is being reduced to a series of algorithms to follow, which of course (in theory so far) does not require education and experience so much as a willingness to just follow instructions. Doctors will find over coming years that more and more day-to-day liability is going to fall back on them as they can no longer rely on the back-up of experienced nursing colleagues to support them. It’s happening already.

  3. July 19, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Spot on comment, it’s a reflection on one of the so many things that is eroding our society and its values.

    The science crusade to prolong life is offset by the Government’s conscience to reduce the funding for health related services. This convection of alignment is an abyss we are all headed for as age begins to impact on us all.

  4. Barry M
    July 27, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Now that the truth has finally come out it proves we should either investigate further before we opine or we should hold our fire until the truth is known.
    Facts of the issue.
    1) Decision to make the changes were made by the appointed Hospital Board and not the Govt.
    2) Voluntary redundancies were offered, not forced sackings.
    3) 140 voluntary redundancies were sought, 248 voluntary requests for redundancy packages were made by staff.
    4) The 248 requests for redundancy was more than the number of people who were coerced by the union to publicly protest and end up being made to look foolish.

    If we are to opine on articles written by Courier Mail journalists we should first of all take into account that the CM has a strong left wing bias. It has become the ‘The Union and Public Servant Daily’.
    If we are to form our opinions from Channel Seven QLD we need to recognise that the political reporter (Condon) has been a long time Labor supporter and Stokes publicly supports Labor.

  5. July 27, 2013 at 8:30 am

    What does it mean when media publications report like this?

    Slant the story to influence public opinion – one of the reasons I no longer buy papers – I subscribe to many different RSS news feeds to read the same story from different publications …

    Well said Barry M.

  6. Barry M
    July 27, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Eyeball, It is so bloody frustrating up here in Qld. The unions get a free run with the media who find it difficult to report the facts and the truth.

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