22 February, 2024
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MINNS GOVERNMENT TO DELIVER SAFE STAFFING LEVELS IN NURSING AND MIDWIFERY

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Nathan Hagarty, Member for Leppington, has commended the Minns Labor Governments commitment to deliver Safe Staffing Levels for hospitals across the state.

The Minns Labor Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association to progress the roll-out of Safe Staffing Levels in NSW public hospitals, starting with emergency departments.

The implementation of Safe Staffing Levels means more nurses and midwives working in hospitals.

The MOU sets out an agreement for both parties to work in good faith to develop a process and timeframe to implement Safe Staffing Levels, which will be enshrined in the Public Health System Nurses’ and Midwives’ (State) Award.

The Minns Labor Government has committed to hiring an additional 1,200 additional nurses and midwives during their first term in order to implement this important reform in our hospitals.

These changes build on the NSW Government’s abolition of the wages cap for frontline workers, delivering the largest pay increase for the workforce in over a decade.

Member for Leppington Nathan Hagarty said:

“After 12 years of neglect by the previous Liberal government, which saw on-time commencement of treatment in NSW Emergency Departments fall to a record low, it’s great to genuine progress to repair our health system.”

“Due to the inaction of the previous Government and the rapid population growth in Leppington, our local hospitals were overcrowded and understaffed. This announcement is major step in ensuring better health outcomes for locals and that we attract and retain the best nurses and midwives.”

NATHAN HAGARTY MP
MEMBER FOR LEPPINGTON

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