A group of local aged care nurses have presented the Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, with 94 letters from aged care staff, public sector nurses and community members highlighting the region’s endemic staffing issue.
The letters were delivered following a NSW Nurses and Midwives Association Change the Rules Rally, which was held in Adcock Park on April 10.
Michelle Cashman, Registered Nurse and delegate for NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, said urgent action was needed to address staff shortfalls across Central Coast aged care facilities.
“It’s time that we change the rules and we put ratios into aged care.
“That means there’s registered nurses, enrolled nurses, assistants in Nursing and care workers, enough to provide the care that our frail and aged elderly deserve.
“At the moment that is not happening,” Cashman said.
“We’ve heard about instances of one registered nurse to up to 180 residents at night time, that’s insane.
“These are our families.
“These are our mums and dads and aunts and uncles.
“They deserve so much better than they are getting.
“We urgently need the federal government to listen and introduce staffing ratios into aged care,” Cashman said.
Media release, Apr 16
Gia Haye, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association