No reprieve in sight for Griffith Base Hospital staff

Less than a week out from Christmas and the New Year, members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) are worried about safe staffing levels in multiple wards at Griffith Base Hospital, compounded by up to 26 full-time equivalent vacant nursing positions. Over recent weeks, members of the NSWNMA’s Griffith Base Hospital branch have […]

$150 million in cuts Hazzard-ous for Health Districts

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has called on the Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, to urgently explain the $150 million worth of cuts earmarked for the state’s Local Health Districts this financial year. Documents leaked to the State Opposition reveal the Ministry of Health (NSW Health) must achieve total cost savings of $252 […]

Mental health review must address skill mix concerns

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed reports the NSW Government has commissioned an independent review into seclusion, restraint and observations in the state’s mental health system. General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said it was vital the review panel took a close look at staffing skill mixes and overall staffing levels […]

Wagga Hospital moves towards staffing resolutions

Staffing issues at Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital are progressing following ongoing discussions between NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) branch members and Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD). After a meeting yesterday, NSWNMA branch members came to an agreement with management to implement a trial usage of the surge beds, which will be reviewed in […]

Coffs Harbour mental health nurses rally to protest staffing shortages

Unsafe staffing conditions at Coffs Harbour Mental Health Inpatient Unit have driven NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members to hold a lunchtime rally TODAY and close three low dependency beds until staffing shortages are rectified. Private security officers and Assistants in Nursing (AiNs) are being used to replace qualified nursing staff at the facility […]

Wagga Wagga hospital told to close unfunded beds

Unfunded hospital beds will be shut down and elective surgery may be put on hold at the new Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital, following an extraordinary branch meeting between NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members and Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) management this afternoon. NSWNMA members raised their serious concerns about nurse staffing, skill […]

Staffing issues resolved at new Bega hospital

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has successfully negotiated minimum staffing requirements at the new South East Regional Hospital in Bega, just two weeks out from its opening on 8 March. Current Bega Hospital staff voiced concerns about insufficient recruitment numbers at the new facility, given the increase in size and services. The majority […]

Senior nursing staff shake-up across Murrumbidgee

After five months of negotiations, changes to senior nursing positions throughout Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) are set to occur over the coming months, under a proposed restructure of operations. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has been involved in the negotiations on behalf of members, from Griffith in the north to Corowa in […]

Bed closures possible at Lismore Base Hospital

Lismore Base Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has warned the local community it could be forced to turn away patients, as a result of major concerns over nursing staff shortages within the Women’s Care Unit at Lismore Base Hospital. During a meeting mid-week, NSWNMA branch members unanimously passed a resolution […]

More nurses and midwives pledge fails to deliver improved ratios

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has cautiously welcomed the latest election promise by the Liberal-Nationals Coalition regarding frontline health workers. General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said Premier Mike Baird’s election pledge to increase frontline nursing and midwifery staff by 2,100 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions failed to address ongoing workload issues in […]

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