Maclean Hospital
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Health service axes senior hospital staff

THE Clarence Valley community isn't going to be happy but North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) has confirmed it is preparing to amalgamate senior hospital management positions.

Although the amalgamation option was first disclosed months ago, this is the first time NCAHS has confirmed it is close to putting the plan in place.

This week, NCAHS CEO Chris Crawford wrote to the NSW Nurses Association advising it of NCAHS's 'final position' on the management restructure.

In the letter, Mr Crawford gave NSW Nurses Association 24 hours to provide 'final written feedback' on the decision.

The new model means Grafton Base Hospital will continue to have a Grafton-based executive officer (EO) and director of nursing (DON) but they will soon be required to manage Maclean Hospital as well.

The EO/DON position at Maclean Hospital, currently held by Paul Schofield, will be scrapped.

It is also understood that all three managers involved will have to apply for the two positions that will be left after the restructure.

A spokesperson for NCAHS said managers needed to contribute to the scrapping of the 400 jobs.

“As well as making administrative savings, the new management structure will enable closer working relationships to be established between those hospitals that are proposed to be managed together,” the spokesperson said.

“These closer working relationships between the hospitals will improve service integration.”

Lismore and Ballina hospitals will also be hit hard. One general manager/EO position and one DON position will be created to manage both hospitals.

And, Kyogle, Nimbin and Urbenville Hospitals which currently have an EO/DON each will now be managed by just one EO/DON.

“This will improve service integration”

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