RAH doctors launch t-shirt protest
The South Australian Salaried Medical Officers Association said doctors in the emergency department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital will from today wear T-shirts with phrases such as ‘Hospital overcrowding is hurting you and me and “We need space to protect you”.
This is despite the Central Adelaide Local Health Network taking action in the SA Employment Tribunal last month to stop the protest, which is part of a wider industrial action planned by the union.
SASMOA says it faces another labor court hearing with employers on Friday to discuss “further industrial action” which “won’t impact patients but draw attention to the issues facing the system is confronted”.
The union’s industrial director, Bernadette Mulholland, called for “accountability and change in the upper echelons of healthcare management”.
“This now impacts every frontline health worker in our hospitals and their patients more visibly through the ramp-up situation and in our emergency departments,” she said in a statement. .
“Doctors understand that the current state government is committed to addressing the major issues facing the healthcare system and the specific issues of the Royal Adelaide Hospital emergency department, but it is now a system healthcare in survival mode and if clinicians had been listened to more in years when it never would have come to this.
The Malinauskas government’s first budget allocated $2.4 billion to address the state’s health problems. Health Minister Chris Picton said InDaily last month that doctors had raised “very legitimate concerns” with him about access to emergency care at the RAH.
“My preference is to negotiate, or better yet, to work proactively with clinicians to solve problems rather than finding themselves in a situation where people feel they have to take that step,” he said. June 22.
“I’m not concerned about T-shirts. I am concerned about how we can provide patient care. I am concerned about the issues they raise and that is my number one goal.
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