Editorial – Brett Holmes

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

An aged care crisis that shames us

The NSWNMA will throw all its weight behind the national campaign to improve staffing ratios in aged care. Over the last 13 years, chronic understaffing has seen a 400 per cent increase in preventable deaths of … Read More

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Let’s keep fighting for a better public health system

Our successful campaign to stop the privatisation of five regional hospitals provides us with the inspiration to push on and improve our public health system.  Maitland Hospital is to stay in public hands. Just like … Read More

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Let’s keep fighting for a better public health system

Our successful campaign to stop the privatisation of five regional hospitals provides us with the inspiration to push on and improve our public health system. Maitland Hospital is to stay in public hands. Just like … Read More

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Not-for-profits are not the answer

The Berejiklian government wants to give over the operation of the new Maitland hospital to a not-for-profit organisation. Recent experiences at St Vincent’s, among others, should make us wonder why. Just before Christmas, with next … Read More

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A wonderful win

Retaining Shellharbour and Port Kembla Hospitals in public hands is a significant victory.  When the then health minister Jillian Skinner announced in September 2016 that she intended privatising five regional hospitals – at Maitland, Wyong, … Read More

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Enough is enough

Nurses and midwives have staged big rallies at Blacktown and John Hunter hospitals against chronic staffing shortages. These are powerful messages that the Berejiklian government must listen to. Nurses and midwives have always been very … Read More

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Our public health system needs constant nurturing not neglect

Nurse and midwife numbers are failing to keep up with increased demand and we can see the public health system creaking throughout NSW as a consequence.  In this month’s Lamp we have a multitude of … Read More

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Let’s take this union to another level

Unity within our own ranks and with other unions and the community is the key to meeting the challenges we face. This year our annual conference had the theme of Challenge, Inspire, Change: effectively a … Read More

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A win for the ages

Years of effort and campaigning by many people who care deeply about our public health system has paid dividends with the state government backing off on its plans to privatise Wyong, Bowral and Goulburn hospitals. … Read More

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