Editorial – Brett Holmes

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


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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Our public health system needs constant nurturing not neglect

Nurse and midwife numbers are failing to keep up with increased demand and we can see the public health system creaking throughout NSW as a consequence.  In this month’s Lamp we have a multitude of … Read More

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Let’s take this union to another level

Unity within our own ranks and with other unions and the community is the key to meeting the challenges we face. This year our annual conference had the theme of Challenge, Inspire, Change: effectively a … Read More

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A win for the ages

Years of effort and campaigning by many people who care deeply about our public health system has paid dividends with the state government backing off on its plans to privatise Wyong, Bowral and Goulburn hospitals. … Read More

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Advancing reconciliation

The NSWNMA will do its utmost to help improve the health and lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders just as we are committed to improving the health and lives of all Australians. In this … Read More

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Respect nurses and midwives

The state government has responded to our public health system log of claims and on the big staffing issues they have nothing to say. We are often told we are living in a dynamic world … Read More

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Be alert, be aware and join the fight to defend penalty rates

When it comes to workers’ rights and living standards the Turnbull government loves to play the politics of the empty gesture. What is needed is meaningful action to protect our standards of living. Prime Minister … Read More

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NSW can afford improved ratios

Strong economic growth means the NSW government can afford to improve safe patient care through improved ratios and the federal government has no excuse for not protecting the penalty rates of the lowest paid. Figures … Read More

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