Staff fear job cut plan revived with Clinpath to open at Royal Adelaide Hospital
Doctors and medical staff fear plans to axe hundreds of public pathology jobs are back on the agenda as a private pathology provider prepares to open at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Clinpath Laboratories will begin operating from the $2.3 billion hospital’s ground floor in late November.
The controversial decision follows ongoing criticism the State Government did not plan space for a pain, chest or sleep clinic or adequate room for outpatient facilities at the nRAH.
Members have won their campaign to protect public pathology!
This outcome came after months of hard work from members, through industrial action, visits to the Industrial Relations Commission, meetings with the Minister, union meetings and asking others to join up.
We want to thank everyone involved for their tireless work and participation in the campaign.
This is the right decision for South Australians; ensuring quality pathology services are available, while protecting jobs of hard working medical scientists and technical professionals.
SA Director, Professionals Australia
See below for an outline of our campaign to protect public pathology, including a petition signed by over 2,200 people, media coverage, and a video on Facebook.
Protect Public Pathology
Without a strong public sector the effectiveness of our medical science will decline, while the cost to the public will rise.
Public pathology does most of the work that private pathology doesn’t make money on, yet Minister Jack Snelling and the South Australian Government ignores this. In fact, they plan to cut hundreds of jobs from public pathology.
Our medical scientists tell us that such cuts will lead to lengthy waits for diagnosis, longer hospital stays, poor health outcomes and increases in repeat presentations for care.
We’re calling on the Minister, Jack Snelling, to stop these cuts and protect public pathology.
Sign our petition here.
Why is this important?
SA Pathology is the backbone of public health in South Australia.
Pathology is involved in 70% of medical treatment decisions, and 60% of Australians will require pathology services at least once a year. Despite this, the South Australian Government wants to cut hundreds of jobs from your public pathology service.
When jobs are cut in pathology, people don’t just lose their jobs, diagnosis is delayed and South Australians will stay sicker for longer.
Our medical scientists study and diagnose diseases such as meningococcal and leukemia, and work directly with our doctors to better treat patients and find a cure. Pathology services are core to the delivery of an efficient functioning health service yet the South Australian Government plans to seriously compromise this by cutting hundreds of jobs.
Simply put, cutting 278 jobs from SA Pathology is dangerous, short sighted and will only result in costly delays in diagnosis. We know that the sooner a patient can be diagnosed, the quicker they can begin the right treatment plan and recover.
It is time for the Minister Jack Snelling to value medical science and protect public pathology.