PSA Delegate and Central Councillor Julie Westacott, along with General Secretary Stewart Little, Industrial Manager Kris Cruden and Industrial Officer Carmel McKeough met with the Hon Brad Hazzard MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research on Tuesday, 28 February 2017.
The PSA raised the following issues:
The PSA advised the Minister health bureaucrats perform key functions such as developing initiatives to improve public health and reduce the incidence of disease which benefits patients and families across NSW. This is in addition to supporting the Minister in terms of his legislative program and ensuring he is briefed for each Parliamentary sitting week. Rather than being dismissed as just a bureaucrat in North Sydney, their contribution to the health system needs to be recognised and their jobs protected.
The PSA requested consideration be given to briefing health unions about the State Budget in June 2017. This was a practice which occurred in previous years, but has recently lapsed.
We agreed that we have common goals to achieve a strong health system for the people of NSW but would have our differences from time to time. The meeting was very productive, as Minister Hazzard was receptive to our requests for improved consultation.
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