Nurses' campaign keeps beds closed

SOME beds at Coffs Harbour Health Campus that closed for the holiday break are expected to remain closed next week as part of the industrial campaign by NSW nurses to achieve a one-to-four ratio of nurses to patients.

The campaign by the NSW Nurses Association is being supported by the Australian Medical Association.

The secretary of the Coffs Harbour Health Campus branch of the NSW Nurses Association, Amanda Short, said the intention was to start the action from January 10 when beds would normally re-open after the Christmas break.

She said the maternity ward would be taking only maternity patients, not the overflow from the surgical ward or gynaecological patients.

“The intention is to close one in four beds in the medical and surgical wards, but there will be some exemptions,” Ms Short said.

“These exemptions will include patients from the Emergency Department prioritised as being in urgent need; monitored beds, trauma patients and palliative care patients.”

The North Coast organiser for the NSWNA will meet Coffs Harbour nurses at 3pm tomorrow to discuss bed closure issues.

Bellingen Hospital nurses are also discussing the issue this week.



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