Campbell Newman has announced an election in Queensland for Jan 31, and I’m sure his government will come up with all kinds of wonderful promises for Nurses and Health Care in Queensland.
Lest we forget….
Last election Campbell Newman promised “more nurses, not more red tape”.
After winning his first term in office, he then promptly axed 4800 Queensland Health positions, including 1800 nurse and midwifery jobs.
According to the Queensland Nursing Union, the Newman Government job cuts have had increasingly dangerous direct impacts on Queensland’s public hospitals and health services, stating:
A recent survey of nurses and midwives revealed our hospitals and health services are stretched to breaking and staff morale is at an all-time low.
Our members are working unpaid overtime, not taking holidays or sick leave and routinely doing double shifts in order to take up the slack and protect their patients. I’m sad to say they are burning out.
We are very concerned patients and staff are at risk as a result of these massive health cuts.
Labour opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has responded by promising to legislate safe patient ratios and deliver funding for an extra 400 nursing positions at a cost of $110 million over four years if Labor wins the January 31 election.
Of interesting note, the labour pledge comes after renowned US patient safety researcher Dr Linda Aiken recently visited the state in December to discuss her research, which shows nurse staffing levels contribute to a ‘seven-fold difference’ in patient mortality rates between hospitals.
(thoughts and opinions expressed in this post not affiliated with any hospital or health service)