Concerns over Director of Allied Health review
The Public Service Association (PSA) and our allied, technical and scientific members have raised several concerns about the Director of Allied Health (DAH) review.
Dr Dale Bramley
RE: Director of Allied Health review
The Public Service Association (PSA) and our allied, technical and scientific members have raised several concerns about the Director of Allied Health (DAH) review:
1. The union was not involved in any discussions that led to the decision to review the role. This is particularly concerning as we had just agreed nationally to expand allied, technical and scientific engagement at District Health Boards.
2. We were not notified of the review prior to, or after the review announcement. The PSA has always been proactively involved in our members’ issues and our exclusion undermined that commitment.
3. The PSA was not consulted or notified of the appointment of Jenny Parr as acting Director of Allied Health. Whilst we have no issue with Jenny Parr, the union is frustrated the wealth of skills in allied, technical and scientific roles appear not to have been given priority in your selection. We are concerned the appointment of a nursing manager sends the message to our members that nursing is valued over allied, technical and scientific professions. We have already raised concerns about this existing perception. This appointment, in this context, has not been helpful.
4. Despite already raising our concerns, the union has still not been included in the review process. Given our agreement to work together we expect to be included, as has been agreed in the MECA and the Enhancing Engagement document.
Allied, technical and scientific PSA delegates passed the following motion in December 2014:
A. That Waitemata DHB make a clear statement about its commitment to allied, technical and scientific staff representation at a senior level from without our ranks,
B. That the DHB makes an explicit statement if it believes relevant leadership skills do not exist in our profession and that a leadership programme be developed to ensure representation from within our ranks,
C. That Waitemata DHB engage our union immediately in the review.
D. That Waitemata DHB meet with PSA delegates in early 2015 to discuss the review further,
E. That we want to see an expansion and not reduction of representation of our professions at a senior leadership level at Waitemata DHB.
We request an urgent meeting with you to discuss our concerns and how we might rectify the situation.
Brendon Lane and Simon Oosterman