MEDIA RELEASE | TUESDAY, 17 OCTOBER 2017
Professionals Australia today lauded the South Australian Government’s decision not to privatise outpatient medical imaging services at the Royal Adelaide Hospital as a huge win for patients and medical physicists.
Medical physicists took industrial action earlier this year when SA Health’s plans for privatisation were made public, due to concerns about radiation safety, the integrity of the IT system and a fundamental belief in the importance of this valuable public assets remaining in public hands.
Professionals Australia’s SA Director, Sarah Andrews, said the SA Government’s decision protected jobs, the interests of patients and the medical science industry in the state.
“This is good news for workers, good news for the community and the right decision for the state economy,” Ms Andrews said.
“We congratulate the State Government and the new Health Minister for making the right call and standing up for South Australia’s interests.”
Diagnostic Imaging Medical Physicists oversee the governance and safety of medical imaging equipment and ensure the right doses of radiation are provided to patients, but also that medical professionals using the equipment aren’t unnecessarily exposed to radiation.
Ms Andrews said Professionals Australia’s focus was always ensuring the best quality health services for South Australians, while protecting the safety of their members.
“Patients who rely on this service are often dealing with very difficult circumstances of bad health, so you have to get it right. The Government has shown it is clearly focused on patient outcomes.
“Our members handle radiation as part of their jobs and they ensure both staff and patient safety by ensuring correct dosages of radiation.”
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