Labor promises more nurses

A Labor Government will deliver hundreds more nurses in hospitals across NSW through new nurse to patient ratio, NSW Labor leader Luke Foley announced Monday which will bring hundreds more nurses to local hospitals and bring their staffing levels up to city ones.

Labor promises higher nurses-to-patients ratio [Photo: Facebook WSLH]
Labor promises higher nurses-to-patients ratio [Photo: Facebook WSLH]

Mr Foley said a Labor government will employ hundreds more nurses in “B” and “C” group hospitals across NSW which will improve
patient care in about 60 separate hospitals – most of them outside Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle.

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley made the announcement on Monday July 30 at the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association annual conference.

“This expansion adds to what we have already announced – health care should not be post code dependent. We will
employ hundreds of nurses for city and country hospital,” Mr Foley said.

“Nurses and midwives do extraordinary work but were under severe pressure. They are
overworked and under resourced due to a lack of support from the Berejiklian Government.
Numerous studies show that higher nurse to patient ratios save lives as there is a clear link between higher staff levels and improved outcomes for patients,” he added.

Nurse to patient ratios reduce errors, improve the amount of time each nurse can spend in patient care, create better workplaces, reduce stress and lead to higher retention of nurses and midwives.

During the 2015 election campaign, NSW Labor announced its policy of new nurse to patient ratios in emergency
departments and paediatric wards.

Monday’s announcement will see increased Nurse to Patient ratios at Mount Druitt Hospital.

In a related statement, Edmond Atalla MP, Member for Mount Druitt, said: “Our nurses do outstanding work given their workload, however; we tend to forget that while they achieve
remarkable results they are only human. This policy will give them the resources they need to continue their work –
caring for the sick and most vulnerable in our community.”

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