Health facility stabilised

A TEAM EFFORT: Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell, Liberal leader Steven Marshall and shadow health minister Stephen Wade welcome the policy roll-out yesterday in the corridors of the Mount Gambier Hospital. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

A TEAM EFFORT: Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell, Liberal leader Steven Marshall and shadow health minister Stephen Wade welcome the policy roll-out yesterday in the corridors of the Mount Gambier Hospital. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

A PROMINENT doctors' union has revealed the Mount Gambier Hospital has engaged more locums as a stopgap measure to "stabilise" the workforce at the overstretched health facility.

The SA Salaried Medical Officers Association also claimed yesterday the medical service was actively recruiting both senior and junior doctors for long-term positions across the hospital's footprint, three of whom were from overseas.

These details were released by Country Health SA during a voluntary conference between the two parties at the SA Industrial Relations Commission this week.

The union spearheaded industrial action following unprecedented claims from doctors regarding the lack of supervision of junior medical staff and a chronic shortage of staff across the hospital.

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