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Issue #1485      19 January 2011

Nurses to start re-opening hospital beds

NSW Nurses Asociation (NSWNA) members started reopening nearly 600 closed hospital beds last week while they consider a nurse-staffing offer from the state government.

State government representatives made the offer at a report meeting in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission. The NSWNA said it had been seeking such an offer since August 2010.

The NSWNA council met to consider the Association’s initial response to the offer and passed the following resolution:

Council notes that an offer has been made by the government, Wednesday January 12, 2011.

In order to analyse the offer in detail, and for further negotiations to take place to seek further improvements, Council resolves that industrial action should cease from January 13.

Council directs the general secretary to lead further negotiations and prepare a full report for consideration by Council on Monday, January 17 in order to make a recommendation to the Committee of Delegates at its meeting on January 18.

On January 4 NSWNA members in public hospitals and community health services started closing one in four beds and better managing nurse-to-patient numbers, as part of their campaign, the “1 nurse : 4 patients - The way to safe patient care campaign”, for a major overhaul of the state’s public hospital and healthcare system, through the introduction of mandated, minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in public hospitals and community healthcare services.  

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