Persistent staffing issues at the Launceston General Hospital's ED have now seen the nurses union lodge an application to the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.
Health Department representatives had previously indicated the business case for additional workers was under consideration, but the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation says there's been no breakthrough despite months of lobbying and industrial action.
“In the lead up to the state election, ANMF members are desperate to have political parties make the Launceston General Hospital Emergency Department’s unsustainable workloads a priority. Access block and a commitment to resolving it must be a key focus point,” Branch Secretary Emily Shepherd said.
“Over the past two weeks, some of our most seasoned and resilient ANMF nursing members are reported to have experienced the worst shifts they have ever encountered in over thirty years as an Emergency Department nurse.”
“This has included moving admitted patients out of the Department into chairs in the waiting room as there was no space to accommodate additional presentations that needed to be seen.”
Should there be no resolution from the independent umpire, the union is prepared to take the matter to arbitration.