More than 22,000 hospital staff and paramedics leave work TODAY and cause delays for patients
- Thousands of public hospital staff will strike in New South Wales
- It is expected that more than 20,000 employees will be out of work on Thursday
- Union has admitted that some patients are delayed
Thousands of public hospital workers will attack NSW as they fight for more safety at work.
More than 20,000 employees are expected to stop working on Thursday due to workplace safety concerns following a vote by Health Services Union representatives in July.
The HSU says strikes will take place in a number of hospitals throughout the state – including the Royal Prince Alfred, Royal North Shore, Westmead Children, Wollongong, Tamworth, Wagga and Dubbo – with a meeting outside the NSW Ministry of Health Offices in St Leonards at 8 a.m.
Thousands of public hospital workers will attack NSW as they fight for more safety at their workplaces (stock image)
Employees will take the opportunity to & # 39; the failure of the NSW Department of Health & # 39; to discuss when addressing their concerns about the safety and security of the hospital during a strike, the union said in a statement.
The union insists that the strikes continue, despite the fact that the health ministry is making a late statement Wednesday stating that & # 39; 22,000 employees will stop working … are not accurate & # 39 ;.
The department said an agreement was reached with HSU in the Industrial Relations Commission on Wednesday evening to avert the action and if the trade union complies with this, a trial of new safety measures will take place at one local health district location.
HSU NSW secretary Gerard Hayes said that patients are not at risk during the strike action.
& # 39; This is about protecting patients in a health environment, it's not about endangering patients, and so we'll ensure that every patient's need is addressed & he said.
Hayes admitted that there could be some delay for & # 39; routine issues & # 39; and said that doctors and nurses do not want to get rid of their work but that they support the action.
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