Bathurst Hospital reopens closed beds

Almost three years after shutting five beds at Bathurst Hospital, Management at Western NSW Local Health District (WLHD) has announced it will reopen the beds, citing estimated population growth figures as the motive for the increase. The beds were closed on 9 December, 2013 in a cost-saving exercise by the State Government, despite ongoing attempts […]

Increased staff for Bathurst maternity services

New mothers in Bathurst and the surrounding areas are set to benefit from improved maternity services at Bathurst Base Hospital as a result of lobbying by the local branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA). Birth Rate Plus data, a tool for calculating midwifery staffing, obtained by the Bathurst Base Hospital branch, showed […]

Bathurst nurses start work bans

The Western NSW Local Health District is continuing to ignore strong community opposition to service cuts at Bathurst Base Hospital and in response NSW Nurses & Midwives Association (NSWNMA) members at the hospital will start work bans on Monday 9 December to ensure safe patient care is maintained. The implementation of strict staffing rules by […]

Bathurst nurses strike on Friday

In one of the most dramatic local confrontations between nurses and midwives and the State Government in decades, NSW Nurses & Midwives Association (NSWNMA) members at Bathurst Base Hospital will start a 24-hour strike at 7am Friday 29 November, to protest against the Western NSW Local Health District’s decision to close five beds in the […]

Bathurst nurses vote to strike Friday

NSW Nurses & Midwives Association members at Bathurst Base Hospital have today (26 November) voted, in a secret ballot at a special NSWNMA branch meeting, to strike for 24 hours on Friday to protest against the Western NSW Local Health District’s decision to close five beds in the hospital’s medical ward from December 9. The […]

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