NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner has hit back at opposition claims that the O’Farrell Government has introduced a sick leave policy that is dangerous for nurses.
NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner has hit back at opposition claims that the O’Farrell Government has introduced a sick leave policy that is dangerous for nurses.

ALP should recall its nurse policy

NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner has hit back at the opposition claims that the O'Farrell Government has introduced a policy that is dangerous for nurses.

Yesterday Labor leaked a directive that said the first member of nursing staff to take sick leave on a morning or afternoon shift will not be replaced.

Mrs Skinner said that the state government has made no changes to the sick leave policy for nurses and added that the current arrangement is one that it inheited from the Labor Party when it was in power at Macquarie St.

For many years the policy has been to use an in-house casual pool of staff before employing more expensive agency nurses to replace those on sick leave.

Mrs Skinner said that NSW Labor was making a mockery of itself when it says that this policy is 'unprecedented' and a 'recipe for disaster'.

"Labor is knowingly misleading and attempting to scare the public," Mrs Skinner said.

"This is the same policy that was in place when the now Shadow Health Minister was the Parliamentary Secretary for Health."

 

Labor has continued to prove its support for nurses is superficial following incorrect claims that the O'Farrell Government has introduced a policy that is dangerous for nurses, the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, said today.
The NSW Government inherited this policy from Labor, and has made no changes to sick leave policy for our nurses.
For many years the policy has been to use an in-house casual pool of staff before employing more expensive agency nurses to replace those on sick leave.
Mrs Skinner said that NSW Labor was making a mockery of itself when it says that this policy is 'unprecedented' and a 'recipe for disaster'.
"Labor is knowingly misleading and attempting to scare the public," Mrs Skinner said.
"This is the same policy that was in place when the now Shadow Health Minister was the Parliamentary Secretary for Health," she said.
When Labor was in office it cut 340 nurse positions from Western Sydney and nearly 100 from the Central Coast.
"By contrast, the O'Farrell Government has already increased the number of nurses in our public hospitals by 1,167 and has recruited an extra 2,163 new graduate nurses, including 581 in Western Sydney and 593 in regional NSW," Minister Skinner said.
"We're serious about attracting nurses back into the system and increasing our nursing workforce across the state," she said.
"It's disappointing that Labor would choose to mislead our hardworking nurses."

 

 



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