Doctors’ claim of 'profit over patients' prompts health dept action

Junior doctors at Sydney's new public–private hospital say they are managing 60 patients each

Doctors' accusation that Sydney's new public–private hospital is being driven by "profit not patient care" is being addressed, says NSW Health.

The claim was made in a letter signed by 30 junior doctors working at the three-week-old Northern Beaches Hospital, who said they feared for patient and doctor safety because of a number of issues, including:

  • Junior doctors being responsible for up to 60 patients each
  • A lack of supervision
  • Staff being asked to work up to 110 hours a week
  • A lack of hand-hygiene pumps

The letter, facilitated by the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation of NSW, threatened to take the NSW Minister for Health to the Industrial Relations Commission if the concerns were not addressed.

Doctors and midwives also complained that