Job offers for mammographers who have opted to stay employed
by the public sector remain open, Pacific Radiology Group
chief executive Lance Lawler says.
In a change of heart last week, the Southern District Health
Board rescinded surplus to requirement notices to 15
mammographers after the workers insisted on receiving
redundancy payments the board was keen to avoid.
The board has exited a national breast-screening contract for
18,000 women in the South. PRG has picked it up, taking over
on August 4.
Details of how various employment issues would be dealt with
under the arrangement were yet to be finalised, Dr Lawler
If new mammographers joined the service they would be hired
by PRG if they came on board externally.
If they joined from within the health board, they might
prefer to remain in the board's employment, he said.
Job offers declined by the mammographers remained open, he
said. Asked if other groups in the breast-screening workforce
were happy to be employed by PRG, he said he believed so.
Radiologists were ''absolutely'' confirmed as having accepted
PRG job offers.