ANMF calls for transparency over health job cuts


15 December 2021

The ANMF (SA Branch) is demanding to know more details about the almost 2000 health jobs to be axed in South Australia over the next 2½ years.

The State Government’s mid-year budget review shows the ‘health and wellbeing’ public sector workforce, excluding the ambulance service, will be pruned from 33,313 in June 2021 to 31,449 in June 2024 – a loss of 1864 jobs.

ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary Adj Associate Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM told the InDaily online newspaper “in the current situation you could not lose a single person”.

“At a time when our healthcare workers are fatigued and overstressed, the Marshall Government needs to explain which jobs are to be cut from our health system,” Ms Dabars said.

“What we’d like to call for is transparency and for them to identify very clearly what, if any, frontline workers are they proposing to lose and why that is the case.

“I suspect that they would say that these are potentially COVID-related. But that’s the point. Are they indeed COVID-related or is there some other plan or some other concept that we are unaware of?

“They really do need to be transparent about what their plans are.”