On behalf of the nurses and midwives of Queensland I send our solidarity and support to members of the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA).
Members of your sister union, the Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU), have been watching very closely in recent weeks the developments south of our border. The terrifying spread of the Delta Stain of COVID 19 has intensified before our eyes. Over the past few weeks we have seen cases skyrocket to over 700 locally acquired COVID 19 cases, daily.
Our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time. We know that you are the critical frontline of the COVID 19 response, that you are working tirelessly across New South Wales to keep your community and the rest of Australia safe. You are working overtime and double shifts in our hospitals and community, caring for the infected, testing and tracing, immunizing and planning and coordinating the response. In doing so you are putting the safety and needs of others before your own. We recognize and so appreciate the sacrifices you are making. We are also responding in Queensland, but the challenges you are facing right now are so much greater than ours.
As we also know too well, the COVID 19 response is not all you are dealing with. This new wave comes at a time when non-COVID related demand on our health system is also significant, a demand crisis that you are highlighting through your current campaign for mandated legislated minimum staffing ratios across the state. You know our community, and nurses and , deserve the “care guarantee” that ratios provide and you are resolute in your campaign.
The current Delta strain response demonstrates just how important it is that governments invest in having sufficient numbers of appropriately qualified nurses and midwives to keep out community safe. You, along with your other health colleagues, are so central to not only community safety right now but also the rebuilding of our economy and social cohesion. The tremendous value of your work must be recognised.
This statement of support and solidarity seems so small given the pressure you are under right now. But we feel powerless to do anything else other than to say our thoughts are with you and that we see and are in awe of the effort you are making.
On behalf of the members of the QNMU thank you for all that you are doing to help keep all of Australia safe. Stay safe and strong. This dark time will pass and it will do so in no small part because of all you are doing now.