Nurses at the Forbes Hospital joined the state-wide strike action last Thursday fighting for safe staffing levels across the public health system.
“The need is urgent, staffing is in crisis and the health system is not coping,” said Chloe Scheul, assistant secretary of the Forbes Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association.
“Every shift, NSW nurses are confronted with short staffing, excessive workloads and are stretched beyond what is reasonable or safe to keep our health system functioning.”
She said the changes they were asking for to staffing ratios were not unreasonable or exorbitant. “We need a guaranteed number of nurses and midwives on every shift, so we can provide safe patient care.
“We will continue to fight for our patients and our community.” said Chloe of the second strike by nurses in as many months as union members claim their demands are being ignored by the government.
The ABC reported there were 4,296 NSW Health staff in isolation on 28th March due to being infected with COVID-19 or exposed to the virus, according to government data.