A Foley Labor Government will introduce a new nurse-to-patient ratio at Shellharbour Hospital, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, announced today.
“Labor has announced we will employ 840 new nurses, comprising 735 additional nurses in emergency departments and 105 additional nurses in paediatric wards.
“Under our model, there will be one nurse for every three patients in hospitals.
“Shellharbour Hospital is one of the 75 emergency departments across the State that will benefit from Labor’s new nurse-to-patient ratio.
“I have been strongly supporting the campaign of nurses in the Illawarra to increase the nurse-to-patient ratio.
“I am absolutely thrilled that Labor has listened to the case for increasing nurse-to-patient ratios.
“I am also very pleased that Shellharbour Hospital will be included in this new nurse-to-patient ratio as it’s rolled out across the State”, she said.
Ms Watson said that a Foley Labor Government would legislate to increase the nurse-to-patient ratio if it was elected on March 28.
“We intend to place the new nurse-to-patient ratio into law to ensure this new standard gives nurses security of employment.
“It means this law will ensure nurses will not have to fight for safe nurse-to-patient ratios in any future negotiations with the State Government”, Ms Watson said.
10 March 2015