Editorial – Brett Holmes

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




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...



We all stand beside aged care RNs

We have a major battle on our hands to retain registered nurses in aged care and we need everyone in the nursing and midwifery professions to stand with our colleagues in the aged care sector if we are to succeed. For some time now the Association ha...



Our critical choice on public health, Medicare, Aged Care and penalty rates

Elections are about choices. The type of health system we want, the retention of Medicare, the funding of aged care and the survival of penalty rates are crucial choices for nurses, midwives and the public on July 2. The 2014-15 Abbott Government Bud...



Funding cuts are a time bomb in our health system

The impact of health budget cuts is beginning to be felt but much worse is to come as the states face a significant funding shortfall from next year. The scale and breadth of these cuts is frightening and there is a pattern to suggest they aren’t o...