Nurses at Coffs Harbour Health Campus during an industrial meeting to discuss bed closures.
Nurses at Coffs Harbour Health Campus during an industrial meeting to discuss bed closures. Bruce Thomas

Nurses vote on offer

NURSES in public hospitals and community health services across NSW are expected to vote in the next few weeks on the State Government’s pay and nurse staffing offer, after details are finalised this week.

A meeting of the NSW Nurses’ Association Council on Tuesday agreed to start planning for the ballot of public sector nurses and midwives.

The State Government is offering nurses and midwives a 9.7 per cent pay rise, after compounding, over three years and at least an extra 1400 full-time-equivalent nurses in NSW hospitals, including, in Group A, B and C hospitals, staffing for general inpatient, palliative care and rehabilitation wards that is equal or close to the NSWNA ratios claim for each shift.

The decision will affect Coffs Harbour Base Hospital (Group B), Bellinger River and Macksville District Hospitals (Group C).

A spokesperson for the NSWNA said staffing improvements in mental health and emergency departments were also being offered, and improvements to the management of workloads in community health services had also been secured during the recent negotiations.



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