Labor leader Luke Foley today joined with nurses and midwives at State Parliament, reaffirming Labor’s commitment to introduce mandated patient ratios at NSW hospitals.

Currently in NSW, there is no requirement for nurse to patient ratios in public hospitals. Labor’s pledge will bring nurse ratios at regional hospitals in line with city hospitals.

More than 50 “B” and “C” category hospitals across the state will have mandated ratios, including 11 smaller hospitals in Sydney:

  • Auburn, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Hornsby and Ku-Ring-Gai, Sutherland Hospital, Canterbury, Fairfield, Manly District, Mona Vale District, Ryde and Mt Druitt are among the Sydney hospitals to benefit (a full list of hospitals is at the end of the release)

Mandating nurse to patient ratios will ensure better patient care and fix understaffing problems that have plagued the public health system under the Liberals. Nurses and midwives do extraordinary work but are forced to do their job under extreme pressure.

Mr Foley recently completed a state-wide regional tour- including Lismore, Bega and Cooma- on his pledge to mandate ratio levels under a Labor Government. He heard first-hand from nurses about how they are overworked and under resourced due to a lack of support from the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government.

NSW Labor has a strong record of supporting nurses and will always put funding hospitals- and schools- ahead of splurging billions on stadium rebuilds and transport blow-outs.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“I visited about a dozen regional areas about a week ago and I just kept hearing from people how upset they were to learn that nurse to patient ratios aren’t mandated in NSW.

“Health care should not be postcode dependent. If you live in Blacktown or Bega, Singleton or Sydney- you should receive the same level of care.

“Mandating nurse to patient ratios is a no brainer. NSW Labor will ensure hospitals are adequately staffed across the state instead of putting billions into stadiums.”