Nurse ratio to save lives
MAKE no mistake, the commitment by Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten to make the CBD stadium happen is an important development for this crucial city- defining project.
Mr Shorten yesterday used a visit to Townsville to signal a Labor government would make a sizeable commitment to the stadium – the cornerstone of a wider $ 1.9 billion urban renewal of the city.
“I’m sure that whatever we work out, ( Labor candidate) Cathy O’Toole will get a better deal than what has ever been offered before by Liberal or Labor,” Mr Shorten said.
They are encouraging words the community will rightfully hold Mr Shorten and Ms O’Toole to at the next election.
The funding pledge echoes the move by State Labor at the last election, which caught the LNP flat- footed until it too pledged financial support for the project.
Let’s hope Mr Shorten’s support for the stadium triggers a similar response from the Federal Government, and the tiresome political posturing around this project can finally end.
Mr Shorten makes sense when he says there is a role for the Federal Government, not just the state authorities, to fund the stadium. Aramac’s unspeakable loss ANN Hay was one of those hardworking, generous people who help form the backbone of small bush towns like Aramac.
She was one of those unsung heroines of the inland, always ready to chip in and lend a hand, no matter the time or the effort it takes.
Her death in hospital in Townsville on Tuesday after trying to break up a fight between her husband and son in the main street of Aramac on Saturday night will bring this small, fragile community to its knees.
After three years of drought, the death of one its most prominent and loved citizens will create a whole new well of despair in Aramac.
What can be done or said that will help this family come to terms with the loss of this warm and loving wife and mother, someone who was always so ready to give and who never asked for thanks or accolades?
A tragedy has happened. A family is in despair. All we can ask is that Ann Hay is resting in peace. THE Queensland Nurses’ Union ( QNU) welcomes Premier Palaszczuk’s commitment this week to legislate nurse- to- patient ratios from July 1, 2016.
This is a historic decision which puts the health of patients above the budget bottom line.
Queensland will likely become only the fourth government in the world to introduce this life- saving nursing initiative ( California 2004, Victoria, Australia, and Wales, UK, expected 2015).
Few people realise there are currently no laws that govern how many patients can safely be allocated to a single nurse in public, private or aged- care facilities.
Legislated and regulated ratios, like those that apply to carers and children in Queensland childcare facilities, do not currently apply in our hospitals.
International research has found sevenfold differences in the likelihood of patients dying between hospitals with varied nurseto- patient numbers.
The introduction of nurse ratios will save lives in Queensland, it’s that simple.
Queensland’s nurses and midwives have campaigned vigorously with the QNU to gain this commit- ment to ratios. Our nurses and midwives have worked extremely hard to keep patients safe following the former state government’s cull of almost 5000 public hospital and health services jobs, including more than 1800 nurses and midwives.
We will continue our campaign until all Queenslanders, in all facilities, have access to the same safe, high- quality nursing and mid- wifery services. A QNU television advertising campaign to raise awareness on the need for nurseto- patient ratios in private hospitals and aged- care facilities, in addition to public hospitals, has just begun. This will coincide with the 34th annual QNU conference in Brisbane which began yesterday.
I encourage the community to take an active interest in their healthcare. If you or a member of your family is in a hospital or nursing home, please ask the question: How many nurses are on this ward?
It’s a question worth asking because the answer could save a life.
To find out more go to www. ratiossavelives. com. au
BETH MOHLE, Secretary, Queensland
GOOD MOVE: Queensland Nurses’ Union welcomes nurse- to- patient ratios.