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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 March 2005

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Title

Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 March 2005

Other title

Parliamentary Record 25

Collection

Debates for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005

Date

2005-03-23

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Debates

Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/278485

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/421013

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DEBATES - Wednesday 23 March 2005 re c ru i tm e n t o f s o m e 4 0 F il ip in o n u rse s fo r th e T e r r i to ry a fe w m o n th s a g o w h ile th e y w e re w o rk in g in I re la n d , a n d so m e 15 o f th e m w e re c o m in g to A lic e S p rin g s . W h e re a re th e y n o w ? H o w m a n y a re le f t n o w ? N o t m a n y , I su g g e s t, a s th e y a re a ll v o tin g w ith th e ir fe e t. D r T O Y N E : A p o in t o f o rd e r, M r D e p u ty S p e a k e r! T h e m e m b e r is m is le a d in g th e H o u se . I m a d e n o s u c h a n n o u n c e m e n t o f F ilip in o n u rse s . T h a t w a s b e fo re m y tim e a s m in is te r . M r D E P U T Y S P E A K E R : M in is te r , y o u k n o w th e w a y y o u c a n c h a lle n g e it i f y o u th in k th e m e m b e r is m is le a d in g th e H o u s e , o r y o u c a n re p ly a t a n o th e r s ta g e . Y o u c a n g iv e a p e rso n a l e x p la n a tio n a t th e e n d o f th e sp e e c h . D r L I M : T h a n k y o u , M r D e p u ty S p e a k er. T h e m in is te r is a c o rp o ra te b o d y , a n d h e is th e m in is te r . S e e th is n e w s p a p e r c lip p in g : P a y c u ts fo r a g e n c y n u r s e s ? T h is is w h a t th is h e a l th m in is te r w a n ts to d o . D o y o u k n o w h o w to m a n a g e , m in is te r? D o y o u th in k y o u a re g o in g to f in d m o re n u rse s w h e n y o u te ll th e m th e ir s e rv ic e s a re n o t w o r th m u c h ? In th e la te s t Australian Nursing Journal th e a r tic le re p o r t in g o n th e N o r th e rn T e r r i to ry h as th is to say : n u rse b a n s o v e r t im e . I t th e n g o e s o n to ta lk a b o u t w h a t y o u a re p ro p o s in g to d o . In a n a r tic le a d ja c e n t to th a t, w a s a n o th e r w r i t te n b y th e N e w S o u th W a le s p e o p le , a n d th is is w h a t w a s q u o te d in th e a rtic le : I am getting feedback from many nurse managers in rural areas that the directive could have unforseen consequences for many rural hospitals and health services. Many of these hospitals depend on agency nurses for their very survival. There are also problems with nurse managers, clinical consultants and nurse educators being forced to do clinical shifts at this time, as the hospital system is currently in the throes of absorbing hundreds o f new graduate nurses who need orientation and mentoring. D o e s th a t s o u n d fa m ilia r? T h o se w o rd s fro m N e w S o u th W a le s c o u ld e a s i ly d e s c r ib e A lic e S p rin g s , a n d th is g o v e rn m e n t is g o in g d o w n th e sa m e p a th . W ith th e l im ite d tim e th a t I h a v e , I w a n t to g o to o th e r p a r ts o f th e h o sp ita l . T o d a y , a c c o rd in g to th e T e r r i to ry H e a l th A n n u a l R e p o r t o f 2 0 0 3 -0 4 , th e re a re 164 b e d s , s ix o f w h ic h a re m e n ta l h e a lth p a t ie n ts b e d s . I n o th e r w o rd s , th e h o sp ita l n o w h a s 158 b e d s to c a te r fo r a p o p u la t io n o f so m e 50 0 0 0 in th e to w n a n d s u rro u n d in g c o u n try , h o w e v e r , n o t a ll b e d s a re a v a ila b le a t a n y o n e tim e . B e d n u m b e rs f lu c tu a te a ro u n d th a t b a s e d o n th e n u m b e r o f n u rs e s w e h a v e , a n d th is is h o w th is m in is te r m a n a g e s h e a l th c a re in A lic e S p r in g s r a tio n in g se rv ic e s b y c lo s in g d o w n b e d s . I s th a t th e le v e l o f p a tie n t c a re w e w a n t f ro m o u r h o s p ita l? W e d o n o t h a v e th e lu x u ry o f a p r iv a te h o sp ita l in th is to w n . D a rw in h a s a p r iv a te h o sp ita l , a n d a ll w e w a n t h e re is a p r iv a te w in g a t th e A lic e S p r in g s H o s p ita l. D a rw in h a s o n e ; w h a t is w ro n g w ith u s in A lic e S p rin g s? D r B u r n s : W h y d id y o u n o t d o it? D r L I M : T h e C L P p ro v id e d a p r iv a te w in g in th e A lic e S p r in g s H o s p ita l d u r in g th e re fu rb ish m e n t, b u t a f te r th e c h a n g e o f g o v e rn m e n t in 2 0 0 1 e v e ry th in g w a s sh e lv e d a n d th e w a rd is n o w a n a d m in is tra t iv e w in g . I w a n t to ta lk a b o u t s o m e o f th e o th e r is s u e s in A lic e S p rin g s . T h e h o s p i ta l P a t ie n t S e rv ic e A s s is ta n t , a m o s t im p o r ta n t e le m e n t in th e c h a in o f p a tie n t c a re , h e lp w ith th e c a re o f p a tie n ts , h e lp in g n u rs in g s ta f f l if t p a tie n ts , p re p a r in g b e d s , c le a n in g u p ro o m s a n d th e e n su ite f o r n e w p a tie n ts to o c c u p y , m o v in g th e m f ro m w a rd to w a rd , fo r in s ta n c e ta k in g th e m to x - ra y o r su rg e ry , a n d ta k in g sp e c im e n s to th e lab s . O n e o f th e c r i t ic a l fu n c tio n s th e y a lso p e r fo rm in c lu d e s t id y in g th e la u n d ry ro o m b y r e m o v in g so ile d l in e n f r o m th e w a rd s . T h e ir n u m b e rs h a v e b e e n c u t. S in c e th is g o v e rn m e n t h a s c o m e to p o w e r , th e y h a v e c a n c e lle d tra in in g o f P S A s . T h e re is n o h o s p i ta l -b a s e d tra in in g fo r a n y o n e in A lic e S p r in g s w h o w a n ts to b e a P S A a n d , b e c a u s e th e re is n o t r a in in g , th e re is n o p o o l o f p e o p le th e y c a n c a l l o n . S o w h e n a P S A is s ic k o r ta k e s le a v e , th e w a rd is l e f t w i th o u t a P S A . T h e n w h a t h a p p e n s ? T h e n u rse s o n c e a g a in h a v e to c a r ry th e lo ad . C le a n in g s e rv ic e s h a v e a ls o su ffe re d . I r e c e n tly sp o k e to a te a m le a d e r o f o n e o f th e c le a n in g te a m s. T h e te a m le a d e r is a b s o lu te ly fe d u p to th e te e th w ith th e re d u c e d re so u rc e s th a t h e h a s . H e h a s to k e e p th e h o sp ita l c le a n a n d is s t r u g g l in g to d o so . T h e p e o p le o f A lic e S p r in g s w i l l te l l y o u th e h o s p ita l n e e d s to b e b e t te r k e p t. I d o n o t k n o w w h e th e r th e m in is te r is in te re s te d in t h a t , o r w h e th e r h is o w n h y g ie n e s ta n d a rd s a re l ik e m in e , b u t le t m e s a y th is : th e h o sp ita l is w h e re I g o to g e t w e ll. I th e re fo re w a n t i t to b e c le a n a n d h e a l th y so th a t I c a n g e t w e ll, n o t g o th e re a n d g e t i ll o r , w o r s e s till , g e t so m e n a s ty in fe c tio n b e c a u s e o f th e re d u c tio n in c le a n in g se rv ic e s . O n e o f th e m o s t d is g r a c e f u l th in g s th a t th is m in is te r h a s d o n e is th e c o m p l ic i t w a y h e h a s d e a l t w i th D r C h a r le s B u tc h e r a n d D r D a v id H a m ilto n , p e o p le w h o h a v e b e e n h e r e fo r d e c a d e s s e rv in g th e p e o p le o f A lic e S p r in g s , tw o h ig h ly r e g a rd e d p ro fe s s io n a ls , m o s t r e s p e c te d m e n w h o h a v e s p e n t 2 5 a n d 10 y e a rs r e s p e c t iv e ly c a r in g fo r th e l iv e s o f p e o p le in A lic e S p r in g s . Y o u c o u ld n o t e v e n h a z a rd 9139


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