Wagga Base nurses say they're understaffed and under pressure

Union calls for better ratios

Wagga Base nurses say they're understaffed and under pressure

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association held a rally at the Wagga Base Hospital entrance yesterday, calling on the Berejiklian government to commit to a safe, more accountable nurse-to-patient ratios.

The Union says local nurses and midwives are under pressure as a result of under-staffing, increased workloads and poor skill mix issues across the facility.

Organiser Zoe-Anne Guinea says short staffing is a major issue across the state, but here at Wagga it’s been compounded by the regular opening of unfunded beds in a number of the specialty units.

However the Murrumbidgee Local Health District has released a statement saying it had not received a notification from the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association expressing concerns about workloads or staffing.

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