Junior doctors allege they were underpaid


A CLAIM against Peninsula Health has been filed in the Federal Court – the first in a series of claims expected to be lodged against hospitals statewide alleging the underpayment of junior doctors.

A statement from the Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation union’s website read that “doctors-in-training across Victoria have come together to file class actions against the state’s health services for systemic and widespread underpayment of wages.”

“The first claim, against Peninsula Health, has been filed in the Federal Court of Australia. Further actions against the state’s more than 30 health services are expected to be lodged over the coming months unless a resolution with the state government and the health services can be achieved.”

Peninsula Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shyaman Menon, said “Peninsula Health respects the rights of all staff, including the receipt of any payments to which they are entitled.”

“Our junior doctors are the future of our organisation and we acknowledge the important contribution they make across all our hospitals and healthcare sites,” he said.

The claimants and ASMOF Victoria will be represented by Gordon Legal, and Hayden Stephens and Associates.

First published in the Mornington News – 23 March 2021


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