Greens MP and Health spokesperson, Dawn Walker has questioned the State Government in the NSW Parliament over the under-staffing of hospital staff at Lismore Base Hospital following safety concerns being raised by the Health Services Union.
“It’s appalling that the NSW Government is failing to listen to concerns about excessive staff workloads at Lismore Base Hospital, which is risking patient care, stretching the capacity of hospital staff and jeopardizing the opening of new wards at the Hospital.
“When I questioned the Government over staffing at Lismore Base Hospital on Wednesday, they failed to even answer the question. Yet we know that under-resourcing of hospital staff is an ongoing problem at Lismore Base Hospital.
“Only last month mental health nursing staff were forced to consider closing beds due to major concerns over patient safety following planned cuts to clinical nursing staff levels.
“The Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment should position the Hospital as a state-of-the art facility for the North Coast, but the Liberal-National Government seem determined not to resource it adequately.
“The Government and Northern NSW Local Health District must consult with the Health Services Union, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association and other bodies over staffing levels so patient care isn’t compromised” said Dawn Walker MP.
The Health Services Union is calling for the employment of thirteen additional hospital positions, including security staff, wards people and X-ray operators or it will not participate in the opening of the next two new wards due to open as part of the Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment.