Nurses plan campaign

IF the Australian Nursing Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Vic branch and Alpine Health fail to reach an agreement regarding the proposed nursing cuts within the organisation, the ANMF will spearhead a community campaign.

The ANMF Vic branch is hoping the campaign will stop Alpine Health’s proposal to cut registered and enrolled nurses’ hours which will be the equivalent of 17 full-time nursing positions from its three hospitals in Bright, Myrtleford and Mt Beauty.

Alpine Health proposes to replace registered and enrolled nurses with personal care workers (PCWs).

Following a series of meetings with Alpine Health, ANMF assistant secretary Paul Gilbert said Alpine Health had agreed to keep the status quo and take a fortnight to consider the branch’s position.

“We met with Alpine Health’s CEO and senior management most recently on June 24,” he said.

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