Sumary of WA nurse shortage: COVID-19 borders will ‘hurt’ recruitment drive for hospital staff, says union:
- 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.
- ANF state secretary Mark Olson on Thursday held what he described as an “emergency meeting” with nurses and midwives at King Edward Memorial Hospital.
- He said staff at the state’s primary maternity hospital were planning to rally next week over staff shortages and working conditions.
- ”The McGowan government has promised to find an additional 600 nurses over the next two years and says more than 200 are already on wards.
- Camera IconCredit: Nic Ellis/The West Australian, Nic Ellis The West AustralianMr Olson said there has 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.