Health Minister checks Wide Bay  nurse numbers

Health Minister checks Wide Bay nurse numbers

Bundaberg is poised to benefit from the Palaszczuk Government’s first State Budget through the additional $212.3 million to build the Queensland’s nursing workforce and improve patient safety.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick recently visited Bundaberg at the invitation of Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson and spoke about the government’s commitment to improve frontline services.
Up to 4000 new graduates will be offered jobs over the next four years in Queensland and 400 additional experienced nurses will be employed across the state to help patients to navigate the health system.
“International research shows that nurses have the biggest impact on having the best possible health outcomes for patients,” Mr Dick said.
“We are currently determining where the nurse navigators and nurse graduates will be placed around the state.
“I am keen to ensure these positions are placed in regions with the greatest need so that this significant investment in rebuilding and expanding our nursing workforce directly improves frontline services.
“Bundaberg’s population is increasing slowly but steadily, and I want to hear from nurses in particular about their roles and workloads and how we can address that to get a positive outcome for both the nurses and the people they’re looking after.”
Ms Donaldson said that she wanted to make sure that the nurses and ambulance officers got a chance to put their views directly to the Minister.
“There are many people who make up our health system, and while some people in it will always have access to decision-makers, I want to make sure that all voices are heard,” she said.
Mr Dick’s tour of the Bundaberg Hospital included the paediatrics unit, rehabilitation unit and the emergency department. He also held meetings with Wide Bay Health and Hospital Services Chief Executive Adrian Pennington.
He met with paramedics at the ambulance station on Bourbong Street and officials from the Queensland Nurses Union and Together Union.
Mr Dick said the Abbott Government’s federal funding cuts to health would have a significant impact on the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service with $517 million slated to be ripped out of the region over the next decade.
“Cuts of this size will have a serious impact on the quality of care in places such as Bundaberg, Maryborough and Hervey Bay,” Mr Dick said.
“You cannot take half a billion dollars out of the system and expect that there will be no consequences.
“Warren Truss should front up to the people he represents and explain just why these changes are being made.”

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