Local businesses strongly supported the NSWNA demonstration outside Blue Mountains Hospital, lending trucks and buses decorated with nurses’ posters and putting on a sausage sizzle so nurses attending the rally would not miss out on lunch.
NSWNA Branch President Barbara Monley RN said more than 100 people – at least half of them nurses – turned out for the Katoomba rally.
‘We were very pleased with the level of support, particularly from local businesses, which reflects community concern about our hospital,’ said Barbara.
‘For example, Colless Foods of Katoomba provided two trucks and paid for the sausage sizzle put on by the Lions Club.
‘Support from business was amazing and the fact that so many locals attended during a Thursday lunchtime shows they are determined to support the hospital as a vital part of the community.
‘The local paper has covered some of the issues affecting the hospital over the past year, such as problems recruiting medical staff, but the public were shocked to hear there has been no nurse recruitment for at least 12 months and probably closer to two years.’
Barbara told the rally the aim was to make sure nurses were given the opportunity to do the job they were employed to do, to the standard expected by the community and nurses themselves.
‘We need to be able to put the right nurse in the right spot at the right time, every time,’ she said.
‘Nurses want to have sufficient working numbers to provide safe patient care. We want the Government to be aware that what we have now are not the right numbers.’
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