The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is heartened by a commitment by Senator Glenn Lazarus from the Palmer United Party (PUP) to support the ANMF’s fight for mandated staffing levels in aged care and our ongoing campaign to save Australia’s system of universal healthcare.
ANMF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas and Assistant Federal Secretary Annie Butler met with Senator Lazarus in Canberra on Monday to discuss the ANMF’s concerns that a lack of nurse to patient staffing ratios was compromising the amount of quality care being provided to elderly, vulnerable people living in nursing homes.
“Our presentation to Senator Lazarus gave us the opportunity to outline the staffing crisis in aged care and the urgent need to address this at a time when there is a current shortfall of 20,000 nurses in the sector,” Ms Thomas said.
“The Senator appreciated these concerns and the lack of quality care in some nursing homes because of poor staffing, as these issues had also been raised by community members in his home state of Queensland.
“With a rapidly ageing population, it is crucial that we have enough qualified nurses to care for older Australians living in nursing homes because the lack of mandated staffing levels is currently putting patients at risk.
“The ANMF thanks Senator Lazarus for his interest and understanding of the need for mandated staffing levels in the aged care sector and we look forward to him raising this issue and our ongoing fight to save Medicare, when he meets with the Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley tomorrow, particularly given that Minister Ley has so far refused to meet with the ANMF.
“On behalf of our members across the country, the ANMF will continue to work with Senator Lazarus and all other committed MPs and Senators to fight for the rights of older Australians and to defend our health system.”
The ANMF, with over 240,000 members, is the professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.
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