Midwifery services across Wyong and Gosford Hospitals have taken a hit with the axing of two full time positions from the Central Coast Local Health District’s (CCLHD) Midwifery Group Practice service
Midwives involved in the service say they were shocked and saddened to learn about the loss of two full time positions, a move they say also blindsided them, with no consultation prior to the formal announcement earlier this October, which they first heard about when CCLHD Chief Executive, Dr Andrew Montague, confirmed the decision on radio.
NSWNMA Assistant General Secretary, Judith Kiejda, said: “Unfortunately, we’re seeing a trend emerge with CCLHD and a lack of appropriate consultation with our members, or our Association directly,” said Kiejda.
“Under the nurses’ and midwives’ State Award, the CCLHD is required to consult with us regarding any changes to staffing or service delivery.
“There’s also a dedicated Agreement that specifically looks after the midwives involved in the local Midwifery Group Practice service.
“It’s extremely disingenuous of the Dr Montague to suggest two full-time positions should be reallocated to the hospital maternity services because management left those positions vacant for an extended period of time.
“This cut to staffing and reduction of the midwifery led service will increase the workload of all the remaining Group Practice midwives,” Kiejda said.
Media release, Oct 3
Gia Haye, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association