Mercy lifeline for Geelong hospital staff

Health Minister Jill Hennessy.

Workers who have lost their jobs due to the closure of Geelong Private Hospital will be encouraged to apply for employment at Werribee Mercy Hospital.

The Geelong-based hospital, which employed more than 290 people, closed last week.

Health Minister Jill Hennessy told Parliament earlier this month that she had visited Geelong to announce that the state government would support Barwon Health in delivering 117 positions to ensure some of the former Geelong workers could be re-employed in areas including nursing, allied health, administration and cleaning.

Ms Hennessy told Parliament that “additional positions” would be made available at Mercy Health, including at Werribee Mercy Hospital.

“Mercy Health is currently recruiting for a range of roles, and Geelong Private Hospital workers are encouraged to apply,” she said.

Ms Hennessy said Mercy Health was in the process of recruiting 161 full-time equivalent positions.

She also said that once the $200 million Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital was built in Sunshine, a further 130 full-time equivalent vacancies would be created in the area.

The women’s and children’s hospital is scheduled to open next year.