Overworked Central Coast nurses and midwives take action
Battling unreasonable workloads and stunned by the Berejiklian Government’s new public sector wage cuts, local nurses and midwives will rallied outside Gosford Hospital to voice their frustrations.
NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members are speaking out over the excessive workloads they have endured for months on end, with over 200 shifts left unfilled during July 2020.
NSWNMA Gosford Hospital Branch President, Meg Pendrick, said members were fed up with being expected to do so much more for less, especially in light of the Berejiklian Government’s cruel wage freeze.
“We are routinely being asked to go above and beyond, and take on extra shifts to meet the increased demand,” said Ms Pendrick.
“We are often working shifts heavily understaffed and that’s not good enough for our community.
“On top of this, we cannot believe the NSW Treasurer announced yesterday they plan to cap public sector wages at 1.5% from next year. After freezing our wages at 0.3% this year, the Berejiklian Government has no shame in kicking us while we’re down.
“Nurses and midwives cannot be expected to keep doing more for less.”