Nurses and midwives walk out at two private hospitals

Nurses and midwives at two major Sydney private hospitals will walk off the job today for the first time in decades, following repeated statewide strikes by public sector colleagues this year. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) applied to the Fair Work Commission late last month for a protected action ballot, after bargaining stalled […]

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 […]

Fourth statewide strike for staffing ratios

After months of protracted talks with the NSW government, public sector nurses and midwives have voted in favour of a 24 hour strike next Wednesday, the fourth statewide action this year. Fed up with inaction by the NSW government to address widespread staffing and workloads issues, thousands of NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members […]

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 […]

‘Smoke and mirrors’ for hardworking nurses and midwives

Many nurses and midwives who worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic will likely miss out on the NSW government’s planned one-off $3,000 ‘thank you’ payment and questions remain about the ‘record’ 10,000 health workforce also announced earlier this week. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) sought further details on the payment and specifics around […]

Burnt out nurses and midwives deflated by no staffing ratios

Thousands of public sector nurses and midwives have been left wondering when the NSW government will genuinely address the serious workloads and staffing crisis impacting the state’s health system. Off the back of two statewide strikes this year, members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) called for urgent investment into the health workforce […]

Nurses and midwives to strike again, seeking staffing ratios

Nurses and midwives plan to walk of the job for 24-hours next Thursday (31 March) after the NSW government failed to address the ongoing staffing crisis inside public hospitals, or commit to further talks on workplace improvements, since an initial strike almost six weeks ago. A majority of NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) public […]

Safe patient care continues to wane under poor staffing

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) said new Bureau of Health Information (BHI) data highlighted growing workload pressures on nurses and midwives within the public health system and has reiterated calls for shift by shift staffing ratios to be mandated statewide. NSWNMA General Secretary, Brett Holmes, said the amount of time critically unwell patients […]

Health crisis set to continue without ratios

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has labelled today’s state budget a missed opportunity, after the NSW government failed to address the need for nurse-to-patient ratios in public hospitals. Despite the NSW government’s 2.5% public sector wages backflip, nurses and midwives questioned whether it was another attempt to silence their safe staffing concerns. NSWNMA […]

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 […]

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