Nurses and midwives in NSW need improved nurse-to-patient ratios, particularly in overstretched Emergency departments.
In 2011, NSW nurses convinced the then-Labor government to agree to nurse-to-patient ratios for some parts of our public health system. This was a great advance for patient care.
However, our world-class public health system will deteriorate and nurses won't be able to provide the safe care patients deserve if federal and state governments continue to slash health funding and refuse to extend ratios to the many areas without them.
Funding cuts will hit regional areas the hardest. Public hospitals in the country are already struggling to keep patients safe, compared to city hospitals.
Only selected wards in metropolitan public hospitals currently have a ratio of one nurse to four patients in place and this does not include Emergency departments.
We must make ratios in emergency departments a priority, so that our nurses can deliver the safest possible care to patients.
The NSW government must prioritise public health so that every patient, in every region, can access affordable public health care.
We will continue the fight for ratios across all public health facilities, regardless of their size.