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Hundreds of nurses will stop work at Swan District Hospital this afternoon over fears they will lose leave entitlements if they work at the new Midland Health Campus.

The Australian Nursing Federation says nurses could lose $50,000 or more in entitlements such as long service leave if they transfer across to the Midland hospital.

The new hospital is due to open in 2015 and will be run by the private St John of God Health Care.

ANF secretary Mark Olson says any nurse who wanted to work at the new health campus would have to resign from the public sector and give up their accrued sick leave, long service leave and other entitlements linked to service such as maternity leave.

Mr Olson says the majority of nurses want to work at the new health campus but have told him they will not go if it is going to cost them money in lost entitlements.

Health Minister Kim Hames says a decision has not been made yet on benefits but options included SJOG honouring the benefits or the State Government negotiating with the health care group to have the staff entitlements transferred over.

He said the Government would need hundreds of workers for Fiona Stanley Hospital so nurses would be in demand.

“We’ll be grabbing whatever staff we can get to stay with us, and SJOG will be doing the same,” he said.

“The new Midland hospital is still three years away and I’d just call on them (nurses) to be patient.”

The West Australian

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