Donato calls for one nurse for every four patients as a minimum in NSW

RATIOS: Member for Orange Phil Donato.
RATIOS: Member for Orange Phil Donato.

A ratio of one nurse for every four patients should be a minimum for NSW.

That’s the call from the member for Orange Phil Donato after he met  from the New South Wales Nurses' and Midwives' Association officers Brett Holmes and Katrina Lee this week.

“Ratios have successfully been introduced in both Queensland and Victoria, where observed benefits are restored community confidence in healthcare facilities and improved health care delivery to patients,” he said.

“Nurses are being provided the resources and support they need and deserve to do their job, which is to care for their patients.”

Mr Donato said he had asked the NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard about introducing the ratios.

“I support ratios and I will fight on behalf of our community for improved health care and I will fight for our nurses,” he said.

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