NSWCCL President Lydia Shelly says the forced testing is more of a constraint rather than providing protection to healthcare workers.
“This Act is a distraction from the real risks that our frontline workers are facing, and it does not address the substantial risks they face on a daily basis,” said Shelly.
Shelly also noted the concerns of staggering wages and long hours for health care workers which is causing many to leave within the industry, with 2 in 3 paramedics considering leaving the profession.
“Our unfettered healthcare crisis is a bigger risk to our frontline workers than any risks purported to be mitigated because of this Act.”
“We urge the Government to review the real risks facing our frontline workers – and address them holistically – including committing to funding the frontline workers appropriately for the valuable services they perform on behalf of our communities,” Shelly continued.
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