A Foley Labor Government will deliver hundreds more nurses in regional NSW through new nurse to patient ratios.

This will bring hundreds more nurses to regional hospitals and bring their staffing levels up to city ones.

A Labor government will employ hundreds more nurses in “B” and “C” group hospitals across NSW. This will improve patient care in about 60 separate hospitals – most of them outside Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle.

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley made the announcement at the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association annual conference. Mr. Foley said nurses and midwives do extraordinary work but were under severe pressure.  They are overworked and under resourced due to a lack of support from the Berejiklian Government.

Numerous studies show that higher nurse to patient ratios save lives as there is a clear link between higher staff levels and improved outcomes for patients.

Nurse to patient ratios reduce errors, improve the amount of time each nurse can spend in patient care, create better workplaces, reduce stress and lead to higher retention of nurses and midwives.

During the 2015 election campaign, NSW Labor announced its policy of new nurse to patient ratios in emergency departments and paediatric wards. Today’s announcement builds on that commitment.

NSW Labor’s full and detailed policy will be released closer to the March 2019 election and will be fully costed. Victoria and Queensland have already enshrined nurse-to-patient ratios in law.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“This expansion adds to what we have already announced – health care should not be post code dependent. We will employ hundreds of nurses for city and country hospitals.’

‘Nurses are the bedrock of our hospitals. They make an extraordinary contribution but they need a system where their work can be delivered more efficiently – and without adding additional stress to their crucial jobs.’

‘It’s shameful that the government allows hospitals to be understaffed while putting billions of dollars into Sydney stadiums.”

Quotes attributable to NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord

“This is about improving patient care. We have a health and hospital system under enormous pressure. By expanding our commitment to better nurse-to-patient ratios to regional and rural NSW we can give patients in the State the best possible care and attention.”