Health care worker on maternity leave due to flu
A nurse at a Melbourne hospital has been ordered to take a leave of absence as a result of the flu pandemic.
Key points:Dr Andrew Gullick says the nurse was “a very brave and kind person” and had to leave hospital with flu-like symptomsA nurse has been on maternity protection leave since JanuaryWhile she is expected to return to work later this month, she will not be eligible for full pay, her employer has saidThe Australian Medical Association says a nurse who is ill with influenza will not receive full payIf you or someone you know needs help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit a local crisis support centre.
Read moreHealthcare workers are among a group of workers who are currently being compensated under the Fair Work Act for their time on maternity duty.
But the Australian Medical Federation says it has raised concerns about Dr Andrew Gurnick’s decision to leave maternity protection after a flu episode.
In a statement to News24, the AAMF said Dr Gurnicker’s absence was an issue for staff and the community.
“As the national flu pandemics have become more widespread, we have had to assess the safety of our health and safety net and the appropriateness of this leave,” it said.
“We are concerned that Dr Gullicks absence has impacted on the wellbeing of our employees and the carers they serve, and is likely to impact negatively on their quality of life.”
Dr Gurnicks absence is a serious concern to staff and we want to make sure that there is sufficient communication between the employer and our medical staff, the statement said.
Dr Gullickers departure will be reflected in pay packets for the nurses.
The AAMFs statement also said Dr Farrow had “made significant contributions” to the health and wellbeing of the staff in the hospital.
It said it is a sad day for our community, and for the patients who rely on the health care workforce.
“The AAMIF said it was concerned that the health of the nurses was compromised by the absence of Dr Gullyick and was “working closely” with Dr Garrow to ensure this situation does not happen again.