Editorial – Brett Holmes

Every month The Lamp carries an editorial by Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSWNMA.

Our resolve for better ratios is undiminished

Nurses and midwives deserve the pay rise they are about to receive but our patients deserve safe ratios as well and we will continue to fight for them on their behalf. As The Lamp goes … Read More

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Make aged care ratios law now!

For-profit aged care providers receive $2.17 billion in government subsidies annually yet the sector has been shedding significant numbers of full-time registered nursing staff for many years.Australia’s aged care sector has a profound staffing crisis.Billions … Read More

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Let’s change the rules on staffing

The current rules on staffing in our public health system are clearly not working. Our 2018 ratios campaign aims to change that.For many, many years NSW nurses and midwives have tried to work positively and … Read More

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An aged care crisis that shames us

The NSWNMA will throw all its weight behind the national campaign to improve staffing ratios in aged care. Over the last 13 years, chronic understaffing has seen a 400 per cent increase in preventable deaths of … Read More

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Let’s keep fighting for a better public health system

Our successful campaign to stop the privatisation of five regional hospitals provides us with the inspiration to push on and improve our public health system.  Maitland Hospital is to stay in public hands. Just like … Read More

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Let’s keep fighting for a better public health system

Our successful campaign to stop the privatisation of five regional hospitals provides us with the inspiration to push on and improve our public health system. Maitland Hospital is to stay in public hands. Just like … Read More

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Not-for-profits are not the answer

The Berejiklian government wants to give over the operation of the new Maitland hospital to a not-for-profit organisation. Recent experiences at St Vincent’s, among others, should make us wonder why. Just before Christmas, with next … Read More

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A wonderful win

Retaining Shellharbour and Port Kembla Hospitals in public hands is a significant victory.  When the then health minister Jillian Skinner announced in September 2016 that she intended privatising five regional hospitals – at Maitland, Wyong, … Read More

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Enough is enough

Nurses and midwives have staged big rallies at Blacktown and John Hunter hospitals against chronic staffing shortages. These are powerful messages that the Berejiklian government must listen to. Nurses and midwives have always been very … Read More

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