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 end […]

Supporting Australia’s nurses and midwives

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has today welcomed the Opposition’s election pledge to fund a new national health service to provide health and well-being support for nurses and midwives across the country. The national service will recognise the strain endured by nurses and midwives over the last three years and will assist them […]

ED nurses ‘stretched beyond limits’ in John Hunter Hospital

Excessive overtime and unsafe staffing inside John Hunter Hospital’s emergency department (ED) has prompted grave concerns for patient safety as the busy summer holiday period begins.Today, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members and supporters gathered outside the hospital to raise community awareness of the staffing issues, after Hunter New England Local Health District (HNE […]

ED staff demand Premier fix Westmead Hospital issues

An open letter has been sent to the NSW Premier and the Health Minister calling for urgent action to address what clinicians have described as ‘chronic understaffing’ and ‘access block’ inside Westmead Hospital’s emergency department (ED).Signed by over 200 emergency department nurses, registrars, senior medical officers, administration, orderlies and security guards, the open letter highlights […]

EDs in desperate need of 1:3 nursing ratios

Pressure is mounting inside the state’s emergency departments (EDs), with the latest hospital data revealing the time patients spend waiting to be admitted has blown-out to more than five and a half hours, the longest median time recorded in the past five years.The Bureau of Health Information’s latest quarterly report has reinforced concerns raised by […]

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