Editorial – Brett Holmes

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




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 of constant change which requires adaptability and nimbleness to ...



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 Malcolm Turnbull said he was ‘pu...



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 released by the Australian Burea...



A cautionary tale for metro members

By Judith Kiejda, Acting General Secretary Late last year the state government unveiled plans to privatise five regional NSW hospitals. Now, with the announced privatisation of the St George Hospital renal dialysis services, we know they are targetin...



A way forward for aged care

Judith Kiejda, Acting General Secretary If we want to have an aged care sector that has the capacity to care for older Australians to the standards the community expects then a good place to start is with an understanding of what the staffing require...



Baird must back down

Big turnouts at our rallies against the privatisation of local public hospitals and a 30 per cent swing against the National Party in the Orange bye-election send a very clear message from regional NSW to Mike Baird that he ignores at his peril. Over...



Wyong shows the way

Our campaign against the privatisation of five regional hospitals kicked off with a massive and inspirational rally at Wyong. Since then, the Baird government has already backed down on the privatisation of Goulburn hospital. Anger and outrage. Those...



A brutal blow to the bush

The state government’s announcement that it will privatise five regional hospitals is a massive escalation of a policy that has little public support and is questioned by many economists. Regional communities have a genuine need for new facilities ...



The state government needs to listen to the community

The public clearly told our politicians during the federal election that they want the integrity of Medicare and the public health system to be maintained. It’s not clear that all politicians listened. The NSWNMA’s 71st annual conference came onl...



A dangerous precedent

The introduction of unregulated AiNs into the unstable and unpredictable environment that is a Mental Health ICU is a recipe for disaster. The introduction of AiNs into acute mental health services, particularly Mental Health Intensive Care Units (MH...