Rampant understaffing at Campbelltown Hospital draws ire of NSW Parliament
Rampant understaffing and an excessive number of vacancies at Campbelltown Hospital have drawn condemnation from a multi-partisan parliamentary committee.
A recent report by the Legislative Council Health Committee on the state of healthcare in south-western Sydney singled out the shortcomings of Campbelltown Hospital in addressing unacceptable staffing shortages relating to nursing and midwifery.
The Committee recommended that vacancies in emergency, midwifery and the adolescent mental health unit be “immediately filled” by management.
Campbelltown was the only hospital to be named for needing to fill vacant nursing and midwifery positions. However, the committee also made recommendations around service provision and infrastructure in relation to the other hospitals in the region.
The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association provided a submission to the Committee in regards to matters of staffing, resourcing and the provision of health services. Many of the Inquiry’s findings mirror the Association’s submissions.