Blacktown nurses and midwives ordered back to work

After five hours of deliberations in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) last night, more than 150 nurses and midwives have been sent back to work inside Blacktown Hospital. Orders were served against the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) and its members around 10.30pm for the strike action to end. Pushed to the brink […]

Blacktown Hospital votes on further action

Nurses and midwives from the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Blacktown Hospital branch will meet today to discuss next steps in an ongoing battle with management around understaffing. A resolution to undertake a two hour stop work meeting was before the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) this week and at the conclusion of yesterday’s proceedings, […]

Staffing issues at Blacktown Hospital escalate

The nurse staffing shortfall at Blacktown Hospital has reached dangerous levels, with staff working almost 1500 hours of overtime in the past three weeks across 16 wards, including surgical, maternity, respiratory and cardiac. Nurses and midwives from the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Blacktown Hospital Branch met to discuss serious concerns around their ability […]

Budget woes prompt bed closures at Blacktown

A total of eight beds will shut down at Blacktown Hospital, following concerns raised by NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members about serious nursing staff shortages at the site. The Director of Nursing (DoN) and representatives from Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD) management took the decision to reduce services and close the beds […]

Blacktown and Belmont to launch local ratio campaigns

NSWNMA members at western Sydney’s Blacktown Hospital and nearby community health services and the Belmont Hospital in the Hunter will today, 19 April, launch their local campaigns for a new Public Health System Nurses & Midwives (State) Award, which challenges the O’Farrell Government to build on the safer hospital staffing levels introduced in 2011 under […]

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