NATS COMMIT TO HUGE BOOST IN FRONTLINE STAFF AND HOSPITAL ACTIVITY: THOMAS GEORGE
THE Nationals in Government will increase frontline health staff by at least 3,500 full-time
equivalent positions across the State over four years, Member for Lismore Thomas George said
Following the additional $180 million commitment from Mr George last week, a re-elected Baird/Grant Government will also fund a huge boost to hospital activity, including significant additional emergency department attendances and elective surgeries over the next four years,” Mr George said.
“While the Government is delivering record hospital infrastructure, including $180million for the final stage of Lismore Hospital, I acknowledge that it is the people who work in our hospitals which make them great.
“Over the last four years, our Government has boosted the state’s clinical workforce to record levels. If re-elected on March 28, we will employ even more nurses and midwives, more doctors, more allied health professionals and more hospital support staff.
“We will also fund record numbers of emergency department attendances and elective surgeries to ensure we meet projected future demand, particularly in areas like Lismore, which are experiencing an ageing population and high population growth.
“Put simply, we will keep delivering the best care for our patients.”
Mr George said a re-elected Baird / Grant Government will boost workforce by:
- Increasing health care frontline staff by at least 3,500 (FTE), including 2,100 nurses and midwives, 700 doctors, 300 allied health professionals, as well as 400 hospital support staff.
- Funding extra training positions for the medical, allied health and oral health workforce, including:
- 20 new positions in the Rural Generalist Training Program;
- 60 new Medical Specialty Training positions, with a specific rural and regional focus;
- 60 Metropolitan Access Scholarships for rural-based medical trainees to support their training at metropolitan hospitals;
- 68 training positions in allied health fields including prosthetics and orthotics, diagnostic imaging medical physicists and radiopharmaceutical scientists;
- two oral and maxillofacial training positions for currently registered dentists; and
- 96 traineeships under the Aboriginal Dental Assistants in the rural public sector and Aboriginal Medical Services program.
- Providing 360 new specialised nursing, midwifery and support staff.
- employing an extra 53 paramedics, including 35 specialist paramedics and 18 paramedics for the Helicopter Retrieval Network.
- Guaranteeing an internship position to all domestic medical graduates from NSW universities.
- Support our workforce by investing in 1,100 laptops for community nurses.
- Rollout new hospital beds were required state-wide.
“Our health workforce is essential to providing patients with world class healthcare. I am very proud that the Baird / Grant Government continues to show its commitment to support our staff and the wonderful work they do.” Mr George said.