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#48927 09/09/10 11:56 AM
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Have there been many Redundancies in our field of work? Public, Privet, UK and beyond?

Re: Redundancies
webbie #48928 09/09/10 12:08 PM
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In my 36 years of involvement in this field, I cannot recall biomed techs ever being chucked on the heap. Guys have been fired (myself included) for all sorts of reasons, but not made redundant, in my experience.

In the private sector, when companies have merged, causing Service Departments to consolidate and stuff like that, guys have usually been found suitable work someplace.

In reality, it has always been (and continues to be) a "sellers' market". Just as long, that is (and as I keep saying) the "seller" - the biomed tech - is willing to move around a bit if need be, and also be actually willing to work!

As always, there continues to be a shortage of good technicians (and yes, I am still looking for them). smile


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Re: Redundancies
webbie #48929 09/09/10 12:12 PM
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I know that some techs that retire are not being replaced and that others are being moved internally to reduce numbers in departments.


Re: Redundancies
Scott Barlow #48930 09/09/10 12:14 PM
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"Natural wastage", I think it's called, Scott. smile

To make way for the Next Generation (of Fertile Young Minds), hopefully.

As long as kit remains to be fixed, someone needs to be there to fix it!


If you don't inspect ... don't expect.
Re: Redundancies
Geoff Hannis #48931 09/09/10 12:44 PM
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I think another matter worth noting is that I have seen a lot of people come into the biomed industry from other fields but seen very, very few leave biomed to go to other disciplines.

I have always felt that we are(I am)privileged to use our skills in electronics to assist in healthcare.

I was trained in marine radio (long time back) but my move into the biomed world has allowed me to see some incredible things. To stand at the anaesthetist side and watch the surgeon do an open heart is, to my mind, a real privilege. Neuro is stunning, seeing the skull cut out and a tumour removed makes one gasp. Face lifts are just plain vile !! To stand in the middle of an ICU and know that the correct technical function of all the systems is down to you (and your team) is a wonderful feeling.

I'm sorry, getting a bit "soppy" here. Must be the wine boggle


Thoughts and information provided on this forum are mine and mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the policy of NSW Health. They may also be complete bollocks!!
Re: Redundancies
DaveC in Oz #48932 09/09/10 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted By: DaveC in Oz
... seeing the skull cut out and a tumour removed makes one gasp.

Especially if you're the patient! whistle

Sorry Dave, I don't really do "soppy". But don't worry, Mate, your points are well taken.


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