STATEMENT FROM NATIONALS MEMBER FOR LISMORE THOMAS GEORGE on NURSE to PATIENT RATIOS
STATEMENT FROM NATIONALS MEMBER FOR LISMORE
THOMAS GEORGE on NURSE to PATIENT RATIOS
24 November 2010
Let me start by apologising that I cannot be with you today due to Parliament sitting and my having to be in Sydney.
I would however like to stress that I have been, and continue to be, a great advocate for the important and wonderful job nurses do.
Over the last couple of years I have continually been highlighting the 400 odd job losses that have occurred within the North Coast Area Health Service.
Today though is about nurses.
The Keneally Labor Government has significantly cut nurse numbers in NSW.
The NSW Liberals & Nationals believe nursing is the backbone of the health system, and we will deliver an environment that supports nurses, give them a stronger say in patient care and a real voice in management decision making.
In regard to nurse to patient ratios, the NSW Liberals & Nationals will support the findings of the Industrial Relations Commission.
The choice is clear, the NSW Liberals & Nationals who are for nurses, or the incompetent Keneally Labor Government who cuts nurses and leaves hospitals short of nurses.