The NSW state election is this weekend and pre-polling is already open.
We’re encouraging people to vote for candidates who have committed to support nurses and midwives by implementing shift-by-shift nurse-to-patient ratios.
Last week, nurses and midwives held rallies outside hospitals across the state, urging locals to use their vote at the state election to support the introduction of safe staffing ratios in public hospitals.
This comes after the Association took legal action against the State of NSW, alleging systemic non-compliance with the current nursing hours per patient day (NHPPD) staffing system. Based off data from the Ministry of Health, we estimate there are close to 500,000 missing nursing hours over the past 4 years.
It’s clear the current system is broken and needs to be replaced.
See how the parties stack up when it comes to supporting nurses and midwives this election.
The Liberal/National government has no plan to fix the broken staffing system or give nurses and midwives a fair pay increase. They keep using the same tired lines about how the current system works, ignoring the thousands of nurses and midwives calling out for help. They think they know better than the people on the ground doing the job.
Labor, The Greens and key Independent MPs and candidates have committed to a new shift-by-shift staffing system and scrapping the wages cap.
We have commitment videos from 88 candidates, pledging their support to implement better working conditions and fair pay for nurses and midwives; these candidates deserve our support.
Vote for ratios at this state election. Nurses and midwives, and our patients, deserve better.