Nurses and midwives do extraordinary work but are under severe pressure. They are under-resourced due to a lack of support from the Liberal and National Government.
This is acutely felt outside of Sydney in our rural and regional communities.
That’s why a NSW Labor Government led by Michael Daley will deliver hundreds more nurses in regional NSW through new nurse to patient ratios.
This will bring hundreds more nurses to regional hospitals and bring their staffing levels up to city ones.
A Labor government will employ hundreds more nurses in smaller hospitals across NSW. This will improve patient care in about 60 separate hospitals – most of them outside Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle.
These ratios safeguard the amount of time each nurse can spend caring for each of their patients.
Hospitals from Lismore and the Tweed to Wagga Wagga and in Taree will benefit from hundreds of additional nurses to deliver better care.
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.
It’s shameful that the Government allows hospitals to be understaffed while pouring $2.2 billion into Sydney stadiums.
Victoria and Queensland have already enshrined nurse-to-patient ratios in law. NSW Labor is the only party which will deliver nurse to patient ratios in both the city and regional NSW.