Editorial – Brett Holmes

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


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 … Read More

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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. … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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We must evolve or be left behind

This year’s annual conference — our 70th — was dynamic and creative and these are the qualities we will need as an organisation to meet the formidable challenges in front of us. Annual conference was … Read More

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Ratios forward march!

In this month’s Lamp we can report on two significant ratios wins: at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse where we have won ratios in a private hospital agreement for the first time and in Queensland where … Read More

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Another battle looms over penalty rates

We’ve been here before over penalty rates but the Coalition and employers are, if nothing else, relentless. They should learn the lesson that we will always stand up for workers’ rights. In the last few … Read More

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We appreciate and are honoured by your confidence

Brett Holmes and Judith Kiejda have just been reelected unopposed as the General Secretary and Assistant General Secretary of the NSWNMA. Brett has also just celebrated 25 years working for the union. BY BRETT HOLMES … Read More

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Ramsay members show the way

The commitment, energy and organization shown by our members at Ramsay Health Care has led to some excellent outcomes in their proposed agreement. Their campaign gives some good pointers to their colleagues at Healthscope and … Read More

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