Support for nurses

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

A decision by NSW Labor to improve patient to nurse ratios has been welcomed by NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association Deniliquin branch secretary Rhonda Dixon.

The news comes on the back of the Coalition’s decision to include an extra 5000 nurses and midwives across NSW if re-elected on March 23.

Labor is promising one nurse to every three patients including one nurse in charge and one triage.

Ms Dixon said the announcement by Labor is the second to support the Deniliquin branch’s call for better nursing ratios with Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate Helen Dalton also supporting nursing ratios.

‘‘It’s exactly what we want and would see us join Victoria and Queensland policy,’’ Ms Dixon said.

Labor has promised if elected to replace shift by shift ratios with ‘nursing hours’ and have them rolled out from July 2019.