Meeting with SAMI - Review of On-call/Recall Protocall for Radiographers

20 April 2016

The PSA has been invited to a meeting with SAMI Director of Operations and Human Resources representatives at the RAH on Thursday 28 April from 11am till 12pm to discuss and review the implementation of the SA Medical Imaging Rest Period and Re-Call Protocol.


A recent history of PSA correspondence to SAMI and briefs to members can be viewed here.


The PSA has again made it clear that SAMI is compelled to establish a transparent system of reporting and managing on-call/recall of Radiographers and fatigue in the workplace. This and all meetings to review the implementation of this protocol must be transparent and truthful and discussions without the relevant data will not be acceptable to the PSA.


On Friday 1 April 2016, the latest Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF) for Statewide Clinical Support Services (SCSS), SAMI Director of Operations announced that the protocol had already been implemented, much to the surprise and disappointment of the PSA representatives at the meeting.


While the PSA acknowledges this protocol is in many ways merely a written account of what has been occurring in SAMI for many years members have reported that the new procedure is cumbersome, confusing, impractical and not appropriate for Radiographers called out during the night in after-hours emergency situations.


Worker fatigue related to extended shifts and after hours on-call is a serious and dangerous issue for Radiographers in SA Health and it has serious implications for community safety.


The PSA maintains that SAMI executive and local managers have not as yet provided a reasonable means of addressing this problem.


The procedure does not allow adequate rest time between shifts.


Members are encouraged to provide feedback and contribute specific ideas to the PSA.


The PSA will continue to work to ensure our members are treated respectfully and their genuine concerns addressed and will continue to insist that SAMI executive are transparent and frank in their management of SA Medical Imaging for all South Australians.