Opposition questions Government over Healthcare Staff


The Opposition is questioning the government over what it believes is a failure to deliver the work conditions and environment necessary to attract and retain sufficient public healthcare staff.

The Canberra Liberals’ will put a motion forward in the Legislative Assembly that also asks the government to report on progress to date of all budgetary measures, Governing Agreement and election commitment reporting for the Health and Wellbeing portfolio.

“The Labor-Greens Government has failed to implement phase 1 of Nurse-to-Patient ratios by its own deadline of June 1, 2022.  Nurse-to-Patient ratios are still not compliant across both public hospitals,” Leanne Castley said.

“In 2021 the government had still not met recommendations from as early as 2002 to increase Nurse Practitioners’ scope of practice.

“The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) recently described any improvement in Canberra Health Services’ workplace culture as minute.

“The Medical Training Survey 2022 showed trainee doctors rated the ACT the lowest of all jurisdictions on every top-level measure of their workplaces.

“Canberra Health Service has had a 27% increase between 2018-19 and 2021-22 in Work, Health and Safety (WHS) incidents despite having its 2018-2022 WHS strategy in place.”

Ms Castley said that, whether it was capital works, waiting lists or workplace improvements the ACT Government over-promised and under-delivered.

“Is it any wonder that fewer ANU Medical graduates are accepting offers from Canberra Health Services and less students are choosing to study nursing and midwifery at the University of Canberra?”

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