The Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has released a Consultation Paper to staff and unions detailing a restructure of the organisation that ensures there will be no forced redundancies. SNSWLHD Chief Executive Margaret Bennett said the restructure, which has been on going over the past four years, would allow the District to meet the health needs of local communities both now and into the future, with the establishment of a range of new positions and opportunities for our staff focusing on patient care. “It is critical to note at the outset that there will be no forced redundancies and, indeed, we will create 27 new positions. All of our staff will remain employed following implementation of the proposed restructure. There is an absolute commitment to support staff through this process,” Ms Bennett said. “Twenty-seven new positions will be created in the restructure that go to the heart of patient care. In an environment of ongoing workforce growth, I am confident the proposed new structure will best enable Southern NSW Local Health District to meet the needs of the community we serve both now and into the future.” The District will now undertake four weeks of final consultation that will build on feedback previously provided by staff and unions. The vast majority of over 3000 staff are not impacted at all by the restructure. However, 50 full time equivalent roles (53 people) in managerial and support will be directly impacted. Additionally, approximately 94 staff members will be impacted through changes to reporting lines and changes of grades. “The District will reallocate and support impacted employees to move to other meaningful roles, and take up vacancies as they become available over the next year,” Ms Bennett said. “To the greatest extent possible, all of these staff will be matched into like positions. “The main focus now is to engage in consultation with staff and unions over the next four weeks.”
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