50 unfilled health positions

MORE than 50 fully-funded community health care positions have yet to be filled with the Northern NSW Local Health Network.

Documents obtained by The Northern Star show many of these positions, ranging from community and child care nurses to physiotherapists, are listed as high priority.

Byron Shire Nurses’ Association president David Hughes said even though many of the positions were classified as ‘high priority’ they had not been advertised as this allowed the network to reduce its staffing costs.

“They are usually not advertised. They are trapped in the approval-to-advertise line which can take six months,” he said.

A Health Network spokesperson said it ‘keeps a tight control on its staffing levels so that these are maintained within targeted levels’.

“Not all positions placed on eRecruit are actually ready to be advertised.”



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