Editorial – Brett Holmes

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




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...



No one should have to tolerate violence

There is no silver bullet to the issue of violence in our hospitals but recognition by the government and NSW Health that there is a problem is a major step forward. For some time now the Association has been calling on the NSW government and NSW Hea...



New leader, same old attack on Medicare

The more things change the more things stay the same, goes the saying. It is certainly true of the federal government’s attitude to health funding — despite a changing of the guard at the top. Tony Abbott’s tenure as Prime Minister was marked b...



A high price to pay for neglect

Serial violence at Cumberland Hospital in Western Sydney is a consequence of the neglect of acute inpatient mental health services in the area. The government needs to urgently address this intolerable situation. In this month’s Lamp we look at the...



The health minister should do the right thing by the aged

Thanks to the sterling work of aged care activists, our arguments in favour of RNs 24/7 in aged care received an airing in parliament. It is now up to the health minister to resist the siren call of moneyed, vested interests and do the right thing by...