Editorial – Brett Holmes

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

Ratios remain our long-term goal

The NSWNMA welcomes the government’s commitment to fund more nurses in the 2019-20 budget but we still maintain ratios are the key to safe patient care.First the good news. In the 2019-20 budget, the state … Read More

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We choose fairness not fear

The federal election result is a setback for the union movement but the issues and problems we have highlighted in aged care, public health and with workers’ rights are not going to just magically disappear.There … Read More

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An opportunity to change the rules

Australia needs policies and an economic direction that deliver a better life for working Australians.The federal election to be held on 18 May will have significant consequences for nurses and midwives. At stake for NSWNMA … Read More

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Our campaign will still deliver more nurses and midwives

Now that the Liberal National Coalition has been re-elected in NSW we will need to keep them honest about their commitment to fund more nurses and midwives in the public health system.As The Lamp goes … Read More

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Shift-by-shift ratios are within our grasp

This state election is crucial if we want to win shift-by-shift, nurse-to-patient ratios across the entire public health system.As The Lamp goes to print the NSW Labor leader Michael Daley has announced that if he … Read More

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Chronicle of a fiasco foretold

Normally it takes a bit of time before the flaws and inadequacies in service provision from a privatised public service become obvious but at the Northern Beaches Hospital it has been on show from the … Read More

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Labor sticks to its pledge on ratios

The NSW Opposition has changed its leader but its policy on ratios remains the same.The new NSW Opposition leader Michael Daley has quickly moved to re-commit his party to deliver new nurse to patient ratios … Read More

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Our first shift-by-shift ratios victory

A well-organised, hard-working branch along with an enlightened employer has delivered an agreement with NSW’s first shift-by-shift ratios.Hats off to our Macquarie University Hospital branch. After months and months of negotiations and perseverance as part … Read More

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Persistence pays

The state of the aged care sector is a national disgrace and our arguments for change are beginning to gain traction.Aged care nurses have been campaigning for years to change the abysmal state of our … Read More

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