1112 nurses and midwives made permanent by Minns Labor Government
The Minns Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to support essential health workers and their patients by saving the jobs of 1112 nurses and midwives in NSW hospitals.
The government is investing an additional $572 million in the 2023–24 NSW Budget to make the 1112 nurses and midwives permanent.
The $572 million will be spent over 3 financial years from 2024–25.
The Labor Government’s decision delivers certainty to nurses, midwives and their families, along with local hospitals and patients.
The commitment will also ensure the continued delivery of healthcare services and support health outcomes for patients.
These hardworking nurses and midwives are already embedded in the public health system, working in metro and regional hospitals across NSW.
More than 750,000 patients presented to emergency departments across NSW in the second quarter of 2023, with a record number (117,949) of life-threatening triage category 2 cases.
But data from the Bureau of Health Information reveals just over half (54%) of those triage category 2 patients started their treatment on time.
The nurses and midwives work across 15 local health districts (LHDs) along with the Children's Hospital Network.
This massive funding black hole included no funding allocated for:
- 138.2 nurses in the Hunter New England LHD
- 119.2 nurses in South Western Sydney LHD
- 109.1 nurses in Western Sydney LHD
- 104.4 nurses in South Eastern Sydney LHD
- 99.4 nurses in Sydney LHD
- 82 nurses in Northern Sydney LHD
- 61.4 nurses in Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD
- 57.1 nurses in Central Coast LHD
- 56.1 nurses in Western NSW LHD
- 51 nurses in Northern NSW LHD
- 50 nurses in Nepean Blue Mountains LHD
- 43.3 nurses in Mid North Coast LHD
- 41.6 nurses in Murrumbidgee LHD
- 41 nurses in Children's Hospital Network
- 26.6 nurses in Southern NSW LHD
- 6.5 nurses in Far West LHD.
Permanently funding these positions will help the Minns Labor Government implement its commitment to Safe Staffing Levels in NSW hospitals, starting with emergency departments.
Safe Staffing Levels are designed to improve health outcomes, reduce waiting times, take pressure off NSW hospitals and help retain experienced nurses and midwives in our health workforce.
The Minns Labor Government has also committed to hiring an additional 1200 nurses and midwives during its first term, beyond today’s announcement, to implement this important reform in our hospitals.
NSW Premier Chris Minns said:
“We are doing what the previous state government failed to do – making these nurses and midwives permanent.
“The NSW health system is under immense pressure. We can’t afford to lose hardworking nurses and midwives.
“Today, we are making good on our commitment to support our essential frontline health workers so they can continue to deliver the health services our communities need and deserve.”
Health and Regional Health Minister Ryan Park said:
“I am as committed to investing in our frontline healthcare workers as I am about bricks and mortar infrastructure.
“The Minns Labor Government made a commitment to support our frontline nurses and midwives and recognise their enormous contribution to our health system by building the workforce and improving their pay and conditions.
“The implementation of Safe Staffing Levels will mean more nurses and midwives working in our hospitals and is a significant step forward in delivering on the Government’s commitment to help rebuild essential services.”