The Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) has today welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to employing an extra 5800 nurses and midwives over four years if re-elected.
QNMU Secretary Beth Mohle said the QNMU had campaigned for additional nurses and midwifes in order to safeguard Queenslanders’ health and the state’s public hospitals and health services.
“Amid a global pandemic, nurses and midwives have demonstrated how valuable our work is,’’ Ms Mohle said.
“The state government’s commitment to 5800 additional nurses and midwives if re-elected shows the hard work of Queensland’s nurses and midwives, both during pandemic and every day, is valued.’’
In addition to 5800 new nurses and midwives, the Palaszczuk Government today also committed to hiring an additional 1500 doctors, 475 paramedics and 1700 other health professionals if re-elected on October 31 – that’s a total commitment of 9475 jobs.
Ms Mohle said the state government had also committed to continuing to work with the QNMU on the introduction of nurse to patient ratios in places experiencing high demand such as Queensland’s public Emergency Departments, Operating Theatres and Midwifery Inpatient services. There are currently no ratios, or laws governing how many patients can safely be allocated to a single nurse, in these areas.
“In 2016, the Palaszczuk Government became just the fourth government in the world to introduce nurse to patient ratios, or laws for Queensland’s public hospitals. These ratios are being rolled out in public medical-surgical wards state-wide,” Ms Mohle said.
“Since 2016, Queensland’s lifesaving ratios have saved 145 lives and up to 81 million taxpayer dollars. There is absolutely no doubt investing in nurses and ratios save lives and taxpayer dollars. We look forward to seeing ratios rolled out in Emergency Departments and elsewhere.”
Ms Mohle said investing in Queensland’s health system ensured community wellbeing, created secure jobs for nurses, midwives and graduates and boosted the COVID-19 impacted economy.