John Hunter operating theatres at breaking point

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) today accused the Hunter New England Local Health District (LHD) of running surgical theatres at John Hunter Hospital (JHH) to the point of breakdown through fudging its staffing levels and driving nursing staff beyond the point of exhaustion. NSWNMA General Secretary, Brett Holmes, said an expert report commissioned […]

Medicare on life support

General Secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), Brett Holmes, today urged all Australians who value our principle of universal health care to join nurses and midwives in defending Medicare as we know it. “Australians treasure their Medicare cards. They are an invaluable safety net which guarantees that they and their families will […]

Brett Holmes: Medicare is not for sale!

Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, addressed the Save Medicare rally at Sydney Town Hall on Saturday 15 February 2014. This is his speech: Let me start by stating very clearly to Mr Abbott how nurses and midwives feel about this issue. Mr Abbott: Medicare is sacred –  it’s not […]

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