Posted December 03, 2015 21:04:08

Intensive care services at Fremantle Hospital might be scaled back next year, with Fiona Stanley Hospital to take over management of the smaller sized facility from February.

By producing what it has named the Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group, the Overall health Department aims to develop a “seamless connection between the two hospitals”.

But the State Opposition believes it will outcome in Fremantle Hospital services, like the ICU, becoming downgraded, and job losses.

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett mentioned no final choice had been created.

“I realize there is some consideration about that, I don’t consider a choice has been made at this stage,” he mentioned.

But Labor Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk stated the alterations in management and prospect of losing solutions were one more blow for the local neighborhood.

“Individuals currently felt the closure of the emergency department extremely keenly,” she said.

“They do really feel that Fremantle, and the Fremantle Hospital is getting neglected by this government.

“You only have to look at the buildings to see that.”

The Well being Division briefed about 500 employees behind closed doors right now, outlining how the smaller hospital would form part of a new Fiona Stanley-led group.

In a statement, the Well being Department mentioned work on streamlining policies and method would “lead to much better patient flow and transfer processes among the internet sites, and a versatile workforce with enhanced clinical rotations and enhanced workforce opportunities”.

Opposition Wellness spokesman Roger Cook said the announcement has designed far more uncertainty for Fremantle Hospital staff.

“The Government has hidden the actual job losses from the staff,” he said.

“We will see these staff go into Christmas now, not understanding the fate, not being aware of the fate of their jobs, not being aware of the fate of their hospital.”

Australian Health-related Association president Michael Gannon said the secrecy that surrounded the adjustments, and the continuing uncertainty more than job cuts, was eroding morale and trust amongst health-related employees.

“The true difficulty we’ve got is that nurses and medical doctors working in South Metro do not trust the Government,” he said.

“They do not trust what the Minister says and the do not trust what the Premier says.

“And that is a really bad spot to be.”

Dr Gannon stated the Government needed to be far more open with staff about its plans for reform and job cuts across the hospital method.

“They want to be there carrying out the job, they want to take care of sufferers, they also want some certainty in their specialist lives,” he mentioned.

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