The winning of nurse-patient ratios for major metropolitan hospitals in NSW was a great advance for safe patient care in public hospitals. However, it’s not enough. Both rural and community nurses continue to struggle to keep their patients safe. In areas like paediatrics and Emergency, there is an urgent need to guarantee nurse and midwife numbers.
It's clear that ratios work - as evidenced by research here and in Victoria, as well as internationally. NSW nurses and midwives continue to fight to extend and improve ratios in all areas.
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