Negotiations between private hospital operator Ramsay Healthcare and the NSWNMA continue.
As The Lamp went to press Ramsay had yet to respond to the Association’s five per cent pay claim. Following our request for an interim increase, Ramsay agreed to a 2% downpayment while talks continue.
Ramsay rejected a claim to adopt ACORN staffing standards in the peri‐operative environment, saying they were not relevant to private hospitals, despite several Ramsay employees contributing to writing the standards.
Ramsay rejected our claim for guaranteed adequate work time to complete mandatory training, saying there is already sufficient time for nurses and midwives to complete mandatory training. It is their view that the inability of nurses to complete mandatory e‐learning reflects a time management issue, not a workload issue.
Ramsay has put forward changes it would like in an agreement including:
The Association has not agreed to any of these changes and talks continue.
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