RAH doctors kick off T-shirt protest

Members of the state doctors’ union are kicking off a T-shirt protest today to draw attention to hospital overcrowding — despite an attempt by the state government to stop union action in the labor court.

The South Australian Salried Medical Officers Association said doctors in the emergency department of the Royal Adelaide Hospital would wear T-shirts from today with phrases such as “Hospital overcrowding harms you and me” and “We need space to keep you safe.” to keep”.

That’s despite the Central Adelaide Local Health Network taking action in the SA Employment Tribunal last month to stop the protest, which is part of a wider industrial action planned by the union.

SASMOA says it will face another labor court hearing with employers on Friday to discuss “other industry actions” that “will not affect patients, but will draw attention to the issues facing the system”.

Bernadette Mulholland, head of the union, called for “responsibility and change in the higher echelons of health management”.

“This now affects every frontline health worker in our hospitals and their patients most visible through the ramping situation and our emergency room,” she said in a statement.

“Physicians understand that the current state government is committed to addressing the major problems facing the health system and the specific issues in the emergency room at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, but it is now a survival mode health system and if more than to the clinicians had been listened to the years when it would never have come to that.”

The Malinauskas government’s first budget allocated $2.4 billion to address the state’s health problems. Health Minister Chris Picton said: InDaily last month that doctors had raised “very justified concerns” with him about access to care at the RAH’s emergency department.

“My preference is to negotiate, or better yet, proactively work with clinicians to resolve issues, rather than end up in a situation where people feel they need to take this action,” he said. June 22.

“I’m not worried about the T-shirts. I’m concerned about how we can provide patient care. I’m concerned about the issues they are raising and that’s my primary focus.”

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