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.