No sacking directive: Rodwell

THE Executive Director for Nursing, Midwifery and Workforce with the Mid North Coast Local Health District Stephen Rodwell has said that the state opposition has been jumping at shadows this week regarding the replacement of nurses who call in sick.

Earlier in the week the Labor Party leaked a directive that said the first member of nursing staff to take sick leave on a morning or afternoon shift will not be replaced.

Mr Rodwell said that such a directive is news to him.

"No directive has been received from the NSW Ministry on this matter," Mr Rodwell said.

Mr Rodwell confirmed that all efforts are made to ensure every shift is rostered to ensure appropriate patient care is provided.

"In the 2011-12 financial year MNCLHD has made available additional nurses at Coffs Harbour Health Campus particularly in the Coronary Care Unit, Emergency Department and Medical Ward," he said.

Mr Rodwell also noted that it is vitally important Local Health Districts manage resources efficiently in line with Award provisions to ensure the greatest number of clinical services are available to communities along the Mid North Coast.



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