Queensland Nurses Union members in the spotlight, protesting the privatisation of the Maryborough Yaralla Place.
Queensland Nurses Union members in the spotlight, protesting the privatisation of the Maryborough Yaralla Place. Robyne Cuerel

Fifteen nurses at Yaralla Place offered redundancies

FIFTEEN nurses have already been offered redundancy packages at the state-run Yaralla Place Nursing Home in Maryborough as the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service continues its search for a private provider for the home.

Queensland Nurses Union assistant secretary Des Elder said several strategic positions at the nursing home had been among the redundancy offers.

The union voted to condemn the decision to privatise the home in a meeting at the Brolga Theatre on Tuesday night.

Mr Elder said the union had also voted to condemn each LNP politician on the Fraser Coast for not speaking out against the privatisation.

Yaralla Place QNU delegate Wendy Tong, who has accepted a redundancy package, estimated there had been up to 30 redundancies when catering and cleaning staff were taken into account.

She said staff across the three units had also noticed changing behaviours in residents, such as anxiety.

"They're not liking the idea of staff changing over," she said.

Mr Elder and Ms Tong hold concerns for the Banksia unit, where most of its 29 residents need high care.

Ms Tong said 10 staff from the unit had accepted redundancies, reducing its staffing levels by 30%.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (south) director of nursing and midwifery Graham Mahaffey said senior staff held regular meetings with residents, families and staff members at Yaralla Place as well as unions about the privatisation process.

He said WBHHS was waiting on advice about acceptance of 15 redundancy packages offered to staff.

Maryborough MP Anne Maddern called on the union to stop scaring the community and to work with the process of getting better health outcomes for the community.

"The union is very vocal on the issue of restructuring but they have been very silent about the Julia Gillard's Labor Federal Government ripping $4.9million out of the WBHHS budget," she said.

An evaluation panel has met with several potential new providers.



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