A dedicated group of rural nurses travelled to the NSW Nationals conference in Queanbeyan last week to be the visible face of the need for better public health services in country NSW.
At many country hospitals the ratio on a general surgical ward is five patients to one nurse (day and afternoon shifts). In major metropolitan hospitals the ratio is four to one (day and afternoon shifts) – meaning each patient in most country hospitals receives one hour less care from nurses than those in the city.
The nurses went door-knocking throughout Queanbeyan and held petition stands in the local shopping centre. They also delivered a ratios petition of more than 10,000 signatures to local Monaro MP John Barilaro.
Watch the jaunty video of their adventures in Queanbeyan below!
Last year on Nurse Uncut – a candlelight vigil at the Nationals Bathrust conference.