Top jobs axed at local hospitals
A RESTRUCTURE of local hospital management will see just one chief executive officer and one director of nursing overseeing both Grafton and Maclean Hospitals.
The retrenchment of a chief executive and a director of nursing is part of the overall North Coast Area Health Service staffing reorganisation announced some months ago.
The area health service is attempting to shave more than to 400 fulltime equivalent positions to align staffing levels with budget.
The proposed changes in the management structure of Grafton Base and Maclean District hospitals will provide one level of management across both hospitals, thus reducing duplication.
According to a spokesperson for the NCAHS this will allow for greater focus on improving the capacity to provide services across both facilities in a seamless manner and strengthen the controls over staffing resources.
Depending on the final structure, it is expected that the changes may result in a saving of about $110,000,
Management structures are being considered as part of the staff reorganisation with a view to reducing the number of management positions.
The reorganisation of staff within the NCAHS is being carried out to improve the efficient delivery of services.
The planned retrenchments are the result of a crackdown by the NSW Government following a massive overspend by health services throughout NSW.