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Tweed Hospital privatisation plans denied

THE NORTHERN NSW Local Health Area District has denied that there is a review of staffing and services at the Tweed Hospital underway with a view to privatising some of its operations.

The Health Services Union NSW alerted its members that the MBM constultancy firm visited the Tweed Hospital on Tuesday. 

The consultancy is the same firm that advised on the restructure of the Fiona Stanley hospital in Perth, which resulted in the privatisation of every job in the hospital, except those of nurses and doctors.

"Cleaners, cooks, security guards, wardsmen and allied health workers are the backbone of a modern hospital, yet they're wracked with insecurity about the future of their jobs at Tweed Hospital," union secretary Gerard Hayes said.

Wayne Jones, Chief of Staff, Chief Executive Unit Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) said there was no cause for alarm.

"There are no plans to privatise the Tweed Hospital or any of its clinical services including those that are provided by Allied Health Staff. 

"There is no review of health service staffing being undertaken.

"NNSW LHD in the routine course of service management is seeking opportunities to review and benchmark a number of hospitals non-clinical support services to identify available service improvements and or efficiencies."

They confirmed those services are linen distribution, waste management, pest control, wardsmen services, cleaning services, portaging services, security, internal courier and mail and materials management services was part of the review.

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