Nurses and midwives pleas ignored in NSW State Budget

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is disappointed by the NSW Government’s failure to address the need for nurse-to-patient ratios in the 2018-19 Budget. General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said the government’s welcome investments in healthcare would need to be matched by more nurses and midwives to ensure patients receive the best care. […]

Response to NSW government announcing 950 new nurses and midwives

Quotes attributable to Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association: The 950 new nurses to be announced in the NSW State Budget this week is a step in the right direction, but we urgently need safe staffing levels. That means better, more transparent nurse to patient ratios. Nurses and midwives are […]

Nurses and midwives ask Dubbo MP for support

Dubbo nurses and midwives are continuing their campaign for improved nurse-to-patient ratios throughout Dubbo Base Hospital, meeting yesterday with local MP, Troy Grant, to hand over more than 10,000 petition signatures from rural and regional areas. Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Dubbo Base Hospital Branch have been calling on the state […]

Hospital upgrades promised while calls for better staffing ignored

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has expressed disappointment in the NSW Government for failing to expand nurse-to-patient ratios in today’s state budget. Acting General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Judith Kiejda, said with a $4.5 billion budget surplus, the NSW Government was being irresponsible for not addressing workload issues currently plaguing public hospitals. “When […]

Community support builds in Gunnedah for ratios

A passionate group of local nurses and residents will take to the streets tomorrow (Thursday), as part of a campaign for improved patient safety at Gunnedah District Hospital. In recent weeks, members of Gunnedah District Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) have been calling on the state government to deliver nurse […]

Expansion of nurse to patient ratios overdue in NSW

Nurses and midwives have urged the NSW Government to improve the delivery of safe patient care across all public hospital settings and bring our state into line with Queensland and Victoria. Last night, hundreds of NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) delegates passed a unanimous resolution calling on the government to deliver an expansion of […]

Staffing must be addressed in South East Regional Hospital review

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is cautiously optimistic a review into South East Regional Hospital will resolve ongoing workload issues and staffing shortages plaguing the Bega facility. Since the new hospital opened last March, NSWNMA members have repeatedly called on Southern NSW Local Health District to address their concerns which have been compounded […]

Nurses exhausted

In view of ongoing concerns in respect of staffing and workload, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) ACT branch recently wrote to the major parties and asked if they would commit to legislation for safe staffing levels if elected. “The ANMF is extremely concerned that the Canberra Hospital is not effectively managing a shortage […]

Lismore ED staffing issues resolved in final hours

Nurses have resolved urgent understaffing issues with management at the eleventh hour of negotiations ahead of tomorrow’s opening of the new emergency department. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Lismore Base Hospital branch raised the issue with the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNLHD) last week and have spent the last few days negotiating […]

Fears of understaffing at Lismore Base Hospital

Nurses have raised concerns about overnight staffing at the redeveloped Lismore Base Hospital Emergency Department after being advised of the staffing structure just days out from the official opening. The new unit is almost twice the size with an additional six beds in the acute section and four more beds in the short stay unit. […]

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