The Guardian • Issue #2031


  • The Guardian
  • Issue #2031

The wholesale theft from Optus and Medibank of the personal information of their customers by hackers brings forth a quote from Karl Marx: “Finally, there came a time when everything that men had considered as inalienable became an object of exchange, of traffic and could be alienated. This is the time when the very things which till then had been communicated, but never exchanged; given but never sold; acquired but never bought – virtue, love, conviction, knowledge, conscience – when everything finally passed into commerce. It is the time of general corruption, of universal venality, or, to speak in terms of political economy, the time when everything, moral or physical, is brought to the market to be assessed at its truest value.” Marx – The Poverty of Philosophy

A small group of paediatric nurses from Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick gathered in their own time and called on the NSW government to introduce safe nurse-to-patient ratios into paediatric wards across the state. With emergency department attendances and admissions to Sydney Children’s Hospital on the rise, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members fear nurses are struggling to care for infants or children safely, and need a ratio of one nurse to every three patients. NSWNMA General Secretary, Shaye Candish, said infants and young children were some of the most vulnerable patients, who often cannot communicate what is wrong and do require specialised care. “Our members at Sydney Children’s Hospital are highly skilled clinicians. They want to be able to deliver safe and effective care to paediatric patients coming through the emergency department doors and onto their wards,” said Candish.

“It is not safe to have sick kids and their families waiting for extended periods to start treatment given how quickly they can deteriorate. Adequate and regular observations are fundamental in paediatric nursing, yet we know this is diminished every time a shift is understaffed. To deliver the best health outcomes for sick infants and young children, we need the NSW government to ensure working conditions inside paediatric EDs and wards are safe for nurses, and there is adequate support for early career paediatric nurses developing their clinical scope.”

PARASITE OF THE WEEK: The deployment of US nuclear armed B52 bombers near Darwin highlights the Albanese government’s complete subjugation to crisis-ridden imperialism, confirming Australia’s main role in the world as a US military base and spearhead strike force against China. Agreements such as the Pacific Nuclear Free Treaty, meant to prohibit nation states in the region from stationing nuclear weapons on their territories, are made null and void as independence and sovereignty are dumped overboard.

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