EDs in desperate need of urgent intervention

There are growing safety concerns inside public hospital emergency departments (ED), with patients seeking acute medical care forced to spend record amounts of time in clogged waiting rooms. According the Bureau of Health Information, one in 10 patients who were treated and admitted to hospital during July to September spent more than 22 hours in the […]

Understaffed EDs prompt walk out by Western Sydney nurses

After weeks of battling rising patient presentations and no reprieve from chronic short staffing, a group of emergency department nurses staged a walk out, in their own time, from Blacktown and Westmead hospitals this morning. Severe understaffing and a lack of support from the NSW government prompted the nursing staff to walk out at the […]

Hunter New England found underpaying senior ED nurses

Nursing staff who manage the state’s busiest emergency department at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital have won a long running fight to be paid their correct wages, following a ruling in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) today. Two years ago, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members discovered they were being underpaid for their roles […]

Government risking lives the longer it delays staffing ratios

Further evidence of the unsustainable strain on public hospital emergency departments (ED) has prompted angry calls for the NSW government to stop risking patients’ lives and introduce reliable shift by shift staffing ratios. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) issued the warning after Bureau of Health Information (BHI) data for January to March 2022 […]

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