Editorial – Brett Holmes

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

Stressed nurses equals stressed health – May 2008

Nurses, midwives, doctors and the community all share the same concerns about our public health system. Wake up, Mr Iemma, and deal with these serious problems. In this issue of The Lamp we report on … Read More

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New Chief Nurse a step forward for nursing – April 2008

Chief Nurse gives nurses a presence at the heart of government The Rudd Government has announced the creation of the position of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, fulfilling one of its election commitments. Clearly this … Read More

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Seize the moment and save our system – March 2008

Two critical processes are now in play which will open a rare window of opportunity for the Iemma government to solve the recurrent crises in our public hospitals. Firstly, the Special Commission of Inquiry will … Read More

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Good start by govt but challenges prevail – February 2008

The new Federal Government has made a promising start dealing with the massive problems plaguing our public health system but the greatest challenge – keeping nurses and midwives in the system – remains in front … Read More

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Nurses left to pick up the slack – December 2007

Research reveals nurses are left to pick up the slack across a system that has reached a critical point. This month The Lamp reports on two comprehensive research projects that shine a light on the … Read More

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Our public hospitals need proper funding and creative solutions – November 2007

There’s no doubt inherent problems exist in the public hospital system but the media attack on RNSH reveals the work of nurses is misunderstood and undervalued. The recent media frenzy at Royal North Shore Hospital … Read More

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Real chance for health reform – October 2007

Labor’s new health plan tackles the intractable problems in our health system and gives the Commonwealth a chance to bring about essential reform – putting an end to health being used as a political football. … Read More

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Cynical politics over sound health management – September 2007

The federal government takeover of Mersey Hospital is more than just another election stunt. It shows the government can impose its agendas over any state government jurisdiction. We have recently seen several examples where politicians … Read More

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Abbott’s attack a slur on nurses – August 2007

Robust debate in Parliament is to be welcomed but there is no place for slander and the abuse of nurses. There is a place for robust debate in the arenas of politics and policy. In … Read More

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