LABOR TO MANDATE NURSE TO PATIENT RATIOS TO IMPROVE CARE IN OUR UNDERSTAFFED HOSPITALS
Patient safety will improve with more nurses in Goulburn and Bowral hospitals under a Foley Labor Government pledge to introduce nurse to patient ratios in the region’s hospitals.
This is an important commitment for our Goulburn Hospital. We know how overworked our nurses and midwives are here. The Premier and Pru Goward were here just last week, but won’t admit that patients at Goulburn deserve to be treated the same as in city hospitals.
Labor is committed to supporting our hard working nurses because we know they are an essential frontline service that our community depends on. Nurse to patient ratios will make a big difference to improving outcomes for local patients. It really is a matter of life and death.
We will introduce mandated staffing levels in regional hospitals, bringing them into line with Sydney hospitals. This will ensure better patient care and reduce understaffing problems that have plagued the public health system under the Liberal Government.
I was pleased to join Mr Foley and local nurses today on a visit to Goulburn as part of his statewide tour to promote Labor’s policy of putting hospitals and schools before Sydney stadiumsLabor’s policy will employ hundreds more nurses in “B” and “C” group hospitals across NSW, improving patient care in about 60 separate hospitals – most of them outside Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle. Labor will always spend money on schools and hospitals before Sydney stadiums.
We know that nurses and midwives do extraordinary work but are 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. 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.
NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley says
“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 hospitals.
“Nurses are the bedrock of our hospitals. They make an extraordinary contribution but they need a system where their work can be delivered more efficiently – and without adding additional stress to their crucial jobs.
“It’s shameful that the government allows hospitals to be understaffed while putting billions of dollars into Sydney stadiums.”
Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Goulburn Dr Ursula Stephens