NURSES and political combatants took to the steps of Ray Walsh House on Saturday as the fight to increase staffing at a local hospital rolled-on.
Local members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) brought their fight to increase staffing numbers at the Manilla Multi-Purpose Service to Peel Street in Tamworth as the electorate’s prospective parliamentarians pledged their promises to the union.
NSWNMA members from Manilla, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Werris Creek and Barraba branches united to protest staffing issues at their hospitals that are putting patient safety at risk.
Nurses and midwives called on the government to introduce a more reliable staffing system that would provide guaranteed minimum ratios in every ward, on every shift, creating a safer environment for patients and a clear understanding of how many patients they have to care for.
For the first time, all four of Tamworth’s confirmed state election candidates, Kevin Anderson, Jeff Bacon, Stephen Mears and Mark Rodda were all together spruiking their policies.