CMDHB vol cessation scheme Sept 2017


Kia ora koutou,

On Monday 25th September the PSA were advised that the DHB was planning to implement a Voluntary Cessation Scheme at Counties Manukau District Health Board.

We sought urgent legal advice and found CMDHB is in breach of our MECA's requirements, which clearly provides for constructive engagement in change management processes and further, that decisions are made through genuine consultation processes.

We sought an immediate assurance that CMDHB would not be proceeding with this scheme and that they will engage with the PSA constructively and consult in good faith.

We fundamentally oppose the removal of the most experienced clinicians from any services. Every employee in CMDHB performs a valuable role and the removal of any FTE (clinical or non-clinical) will necessitate a redistribution of the work performed by those individuals.

  • Our members are already struggling to deliver quality care when and where it’s needed to the CMH community. Workloads are incredibly high and there are current vacancies in many professions.
  • Removing senior experienced staff from any role in the organisation will have serious and potentially disastrous consequences for the remaining staff and patient safety.
  • Nine years of underfunding in health has put DHBs like Counties Manukau in a perilous state. The emergency department is often full, with the DHB going as far as to regularly put signs up warning patients of long delays due to insufficient beds and under-staffing.
  • The DHB should be offering incentives including better working conditions for experienced clinicians to keep working for the DHB not offering them costly exit payments.  
  • Our members will be concerned that this is just the beginning and that forced redundancies of other staff will follow.

On Tuesday morning at a meeting with Dr Gloria Johnson (Acting CEO) and Elizabeth Jeffs (GM HR) we received a guarantee that they would not roll out the scheme as first proposed.

We agreed that urgency would be afforded to a proper consultation process. The first meeting will convene on Friday 29th September.

We have been proactively engaging with CMDHB recently around the acknowledged financial problems and we felt confident that the agreement was to deal constructively going forward in an open and transparent way, so we were disappointed that we hadn’t been engaged earlier in their deliberations.

We are looking forward to constructive engagement on this moving forward. The PSA has the interests of all its members at heart and will be striving to ensure the best outcome and a safe and healthy work place at Counties Manukau Health.

We are planning to hold an all delegates meeting early next week to discuss the situation. Any further enquiries please contact:

Liz Roozendaal liz.roozendaal@psa.org.nz

Kevin McGorry kevin.mcgorry@psa.org.nz

Ngā mihi nui,

Liz and Kevin