IT'S BAFFLING why Kyogle Memorial Hospital would reject AINs in favour of lesser-trained staff, especially when it came to the care of elderly patients, according to Mark Boyd.
"The patients are like your relatives, you know their likes and dislikes. The hospital is their home,” said the secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association.
Mr Boyd started out as a cleaner, became a wardsman and progressed to a nurse.
He has worked in the industry since 1997, at Coraki, Casino and now at Kyogle.
Former midwife and registered nurse at the Kyogle hospital Lynda Clark, said she was prepared to speak out about what the hospital was doing because she no longer worked there.
"I know this is wrong,” Ms Clark said. "I visited the ward and observed what was happening with my own eyes.
"A man in a security uniform was receiving instruction in how to use a lifter. He was feeding a resident in an isolated room on his own.”
Ms Clark said there were rules about feeding patients in a reclining position.
"What if the patient gags? Would he know how to deal with it?” she said.
Her wider concern was this approach to caring for elderly patients would be taken up at the other hospitals known as "BUNK” - Bonalbo, Urbenville, Nimbin and Kyogle.
Northern NSW Local Health District executive director Lynne Weir said there were no plans to roll the model out to nearby hospitals.