SHOW OF SUPPORT: Rallying to keep nurses on duty in aged-care homes on the North Coast.
SHOW OF SUPPORT: Rallying to keep nurses on duty in aged-care homes on the North Coast.

Nurses fight aged care plan

IF YOU think taking nurses out of nursing homes sounds like a backwards step, you are not alone.

North Coast Nurses director Samantha Cox has been rallying health workers to fight the proposed removal of the need for registered nurses to be on duty at all times in high-care aged homes.

Submissions to a NSW parliamentary inquiry into the plan close today, with a final report due September.

Ms Cox, who has worked in the sector for 13 years, said the removal of registered nurses would be disastrous - and not just for residents.

"It will put a huge burden on doctors and the ambulance service, with a much higher admission rate to accident and emergency departments," she said.

"I can only see this resulting in preventable deaths."

Health groups have been campaigning for minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in aged care facilities, as none currently exist.

The current plan would remove nurses entirely.

North Coast Greens MP Jan Barham, who will oversee the inquiry, said the inquiry would identify and address any gaps in the level and quality of care.

- APN NEWSDESK



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