Some of the 75 nurses who rallied on Saturday to protest the understaffing at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
Some of the 75 nurses who rallied on Saturday to protest the understaffing at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus. Leigh Jensen

Northern nurses support strike

COFFS Coast nurses say they will strike on Wednesday in support of mandated minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, defying an order not to strike.

Nurses at Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo and Macksville hospitals, community health nurses and mental health nurses will join the strike.

Coffs Harbour community nurses will be on strike from 8.30am to 5pm; Coffs Harbour Base Hospital nurses will strike from 7am until 3.30pm.

Coffs Harbour mental health nurses and Bellinger River District Hospital nurses will strike for two hours and nurses from Macksville and District Hospital will strike for one hour from 1.30-2.30pm.

Night duty staffing levels will be maintained at each facility and nurses and midwives have undertaken to provide life-preserving services at all times during the strike, the first statewide nurses and midwives strike since October 2001.

The president of the Coffs Harbour Health Campus branch of the NSW Nurses Association, Sue White, and six representatives of nurses at the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital and Coffs Harbour community nurses will travel to Sydney on Wednesday to attend a special general meeting of the NSWNA at Sydney Olympic Park Sports centre at Homebush.



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