Caution over nurse pledge
The potential for more nurses in the region has been welcomed in Finley.
But according to NSW Nurses and Midwives Association Finley branch president Michelle Silva there are still ‘‘too many questions which need to be answered’’.
Last week the NSW government announced 5000 more nurses and midwives for hospitals across the state, with an expected 197 for the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD).
The announcement comes off the back of nurses’ rallies held in Finley and Deniliquin this month calling for better nursing ratios in MLHD hospitals.
MLHD is ‘‘anticipated’’ to receive 273 new staff, including 16 doctors, 197 nurses and midwives, 25 allied health staff and 35 hospital support workers.
Ms Silva said the decision to back the call for extra nurses has been announced too close to an election.
‘‘I still have alarm bells with this government as all of a sudden we’re just around the corner from an election and they make this announcement.
‘‘It seems quite timely for them (Coalition Government) considering the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association is pushing not to vote for anyone who isn’t supporting nurses.
‘‘The Liberal Government has said it won’t support ratios when it first came into power, now since the unions are making a big push, all of a sudden they’re doing this.
‘‘At the rally we were looking for parties who could vote for us and only Helen Dalton (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers) turned up to support us.’’
Ms Silva said despite the much needed support of extra nurses there was no announcement on how the government would deliver extra nurses.
‘‘Where are they going to get them from? What’s the guarantee of us getting that number of recruits who come to the area?
‘‘We know the government has turn its back on the MLHD quite a bit.
‘‘They haven’t said when we will receive extra nurses. It could be 10 years time they’re talking about actually bringing in extra nurses.
‘‘These extra nurses need to start coming through straight away but where and when are they going to have them here?
‘‘I’ll believe it when I see it,’’ Ms Silva said.