Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Cleaners in Job Cuts Firing Line

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Cleaners in Job Cuts Firing Line

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Byline: MEL MCMILLAN mel.mcmiilan@northernstar.com.au

CLEANING, gardening and administration positions will be targeted when the North Coast Area Health Service starts to slash jobs in order to rein in the hospital's multi-million dollar budget blow-out.

Health service boss Chris Crawford said the same amount of cleaning could be achieved by fewer staff and under new conditions hospital staff would be required to do more and take on wider roles.

"Nobody is saying it will be easy," he said.

Mr Crawford confirmed the Lismore Base Hospital's budget was in the red, but denied it was by $12 million.

"It's a few million," he said.

Health Services Union representative for Lismore Base Hospital, Therese Crollick, said she was outraged by Mr Crawford's plans because cleaners were an integral part of infection control at the hospital.

Hospital cleaning staff are responsible for cleaning patients' bathrooms, floors and public access areas, including the hospital entrance. …

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