The Queensland Nurses Union has launched a campaign highlighting how recent Nursing job cuts have “increased the likelihood of patient deaths in the public system and punished the nurses and midwives who remain.”
Nurses are calling on the government to implement and mandate staff to patient ratios, to ensure patient safety and maintain high standards of nursing care.
The QNU claim that 5000 QLD Health jobs slashed by the Newman Government since the Liberal National Party came into power in 2012, are putting patient lives at risk. Some 1800 of these jobs came from Nursing and Midwifery.
The ads are highlighting the fact we need to have mandated nurse to patient ratios to ensure that we have safe quality nursing and midwifery.
The nurses featured on the ads say they have never seen staff morale so low, and they’re really concerned about the level of patient care that they can deliver because those who are left behind are having to do more with less.
QNU Secretary Mohle stated she had serious concerns about the effect of the job cuts on patient safety, and has called on all parties to support legislation for the mandated staff ratios.