Why NSWNA rejects the NSCCAHS restructure plan
Wednesday 16th August 2006
The offending restructure plan:
- abolishes senior nurse positions
- offers redundancies to senior nurses deemed to be no longer required
- splits the operational and professional elements in the job
- hands the substantive role of managing budgets to a generic manager, who may not be a nurse
- increases responsibility for NUMs and at the same time reduces their support
- downgrades positions, which will cut the pay of nurse managers.
However, senior nurses were still expected to manage vital issues such as:
- patient flow
- bed occupancy
- skill mix.
But with no direct say over the funds needed for extra staff and beds.