One of Australia’s largest public health services has been approved by federal court to take disciplinary action, including dismissal, against a group of nurses who missed Victoria’s mandated vaccine deadline.
Approximately 90 nurses sought to prevent this action, claiming they were entitled to consultation on Monash Health’s mandatory vaccination directives.
Under drastic government-mandated medical orders, all Victorian medical facilities are required to collect information on worker vaccination details by October 15. ..
Nurses sought an injunction from court orders to prevent disciplinary action, but presiding judge John Sneden opposed them, saying their proceedings were weak.
At the same time, nurses are proceeding in court proceedings against their vaccination obligations.
The nurse’s barrister, Nick Ferret QC, argued that Monash Health should first consult with the nurse to investigate whether he could be vaccinated and continue to work.
He argued that Monash Health had the resources to interview employees for disciplinary action (he expected it to happen), so consultation is also possible.
Instead, Judge Sneden found that the lack of consultation did not prevent nurses from exercising their rights to the workplace.
He added that Monash Health only complies with state public health orders.
“The plotted course was plotted because Monash Health formed a view of the public health direction in which it was bound,” Sneden said.
He acknowledged that the possibility of disciplinary action and dismissal would pose significant difficulties to nurses, but in his view their proceedings were too weak to justify the granting of an injunction. rice field.
The full case will be listed for trial later before another judge.
In a Victorian lawsuit, another state’s health department in Queensland suspended 4,000 medical professionals for failing to meet the mandatory vaccine deadline on October 31.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has revealed that about 10 percent of 100,000 strong public health workers have not yet been vaccinated.
“There are 7,000 health care workers who haven’t come out before saying they have been vaccinated, but 3,000 of them are on vacation,” she told reporters on November 1. It will be stopped with full payment. “
D’Ath argued that the system could handle a significant reduction in employee numbers.
However, former Queensland Prime Minister and current Senate candidate Campbell Newman was skeptical.
“The idea that 4,000 people suddenly become unable to participate in the system causes major problems, and it is the patients who suffer, which is ridiculous,” he told The Epoch Times.
Australian public hospitals are currently tackling the problems of systemic delays and ambulance spikes, exacerbating patient outcomes.
In April, a 7-year-old girl died of high fever after waiting two hours in the emergency department before receiving treatment.