A handful of jobs are set to transfer from Dunedin to
Christchurch as a result of new management of the South's
breast-screening programme, Pacific Radiology Group has
Pacific Radiology Group is in the process of taking over the
screening programme from the Southern District Health Board.
Chief executive Dr Lance Lawler, of Wellington, said it was
expected 3.7 full-time equivalent administration jobs would
shift from Dunedin to Christchurch.
The interview process was under way, and staff would find out
by June 13 if they had been successful. Having gained the
Southern contract, PRG will provide screening for the whole
The programme employs about 25 full-time equivalent staff in
The company is also taking over a related service, diagnostic
However, its administrative staff would stay employed by the
health board. Public Service Association southern region
organiser Julie Morton criticised a lack of disclosure from
the health board about how many staff members' jobs would
stay in-house to provide that service.
The process was a ''shambles'', and staff were very upset.
She believed the board was holding off to see how many of the
staff got jobs with PRG in the screening component, which
would reduce the number of redundancy packages.
It was an ''appalling'', and ''immoral'' way for the board to
treat staff, although she acknowledged it was not unlawful.
''It's done with the pure intention of avoiding having to pay
severance,'' Mrs Morton said.
Health board patient services director Lexie O'Shea defended
the board's stalling.
''Until PRG has completed its recruitment process for
breast-screening, the DHB will not know how many staff it
needs to redeploy.''