Sumary of ‘Urgent’ need for more WA nurses, midwives:
- Western Australia’s nurses union is worried continued COVID-19 domestic border closures will impede efforts to find more badly-needed hospital staff.
- The McGowan government has launched a recruitment drive amid growing problems within the state’s crowded public hospitals but has been heavily criticised by the Australian Nursing Federation for not doing more.
- Mr Olson said there had been a lack of planning by health bureaucrats to ensure recruitment could be maintained through border closures.
- WA’s border is currently closed to all of NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.
- “The Delta variant is not going to go away, and we have to start having the conversation about how we’re going to be able to continue recruiting staff from interstate through the border closures,” he said.