ANF members continue fight to retain nurse/patient ratios.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nursing care (Standards)
Nursing associations (Political activity)
Pub Date: 02/01/2012
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Feb, 2012 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 350 Product standards, safety, & recalls; 290 Public affairs
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Australia Geographic Code: 8AUST Australia
Accession Number: 282425931
Full Text: Members of the Victorian branch of the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) are ramping up their campaign against the Baillieu State Government's attempts to abolish mandated minimum nurse/patient ratios. Early this month, Australia's industrial arbitration authority, Fair Work Australia, suspended conciliation talks between the ANF, the Baillieu Government and the Victorian Hospitals' Industrial Association, because the Government refused to make an offer, despite eight months of negotiations and a direction from an authority commissioner. The authority is not able to make any decision on staffing levels or qualifications.

Earlier this month, hundreds of ANF members descended on Victoria's most marginal electorate, Bentleigh, held by the Liberal Government by just 202 votes, and door knocked, calling for support for current nurse/patient ratios and a series of television advertisements has just been launched.

ANF state secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said no room was Left to provide more productive nursing or midwifery care. "Patients are not widgets, hospitals are not factories. Victorians didn't vote for a Government that wants to cut their access to hospitals to pay for a budget surplus."
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