Prescare chief executive Greg Skelton.
Prescare chief executive Greg Skelton. Valerie Horton

Redundancies offered to 70-plus nurses at Yaralla

MORE than 70 nurses have been offered redundancies at Yaralla Place nursing home after Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services announced not-for-profit group PresCare would take over the facility.

An estimated 15 staff members have also requested to be transferred within Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services.

No existing staff will be able to start working for the new provider until three months after their last day with Wide Bay HHS, due to a Fair Work Australia law that means public servants hired in the private sector within three months of being made redundant must be hired on the public servant pay levels.

PresCare chief executive officer Greg Skelton said the organisation would not hire ex-public servants within that three month period, but was committed to hiring local people.

He said nurses who had already accepted redundancies several months ago would be a priority.

"We obviously recognise that the residents need to see familiar faces," he said. "We will be recruiting from those people who have already taken separations (redundancies)," he said.

Mr Skelton said it was too early to know how many staff PresCare would hire to run Yaralla.

Wide Bay HHS has been in the process of privatising the Yaralla Place nursing home since January, with more than 30 redundancies already made before yesterday's announcement. Existing staff are expected to finish on September 29.



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